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Valtteri Bottas

Bottas unsure on solutions for F1's gentleman's agreement

The Mercedes driver thinks there are no obvious solutions to drivers slowing down at the end of their outlaps to make space during qualifying.

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Valtteri Bottas believes there are no clear solutions other than to continue using Formula 1's gentleman's agreement which he feels works very well

In qualifying, the drivers agree to not overtake each other during the final corners of the lap depending on the circuit. Most of the time, this is obeyed although the Austrian Grand Prix saw an incident involving Bottas which ended up with a grid penalty for Sebastian Vettel when he blocked Fernando Alonso.

"I think that gentleman's agreement it sometimes feels like it's there, sometimes not," Bottas told RacingNews365.com and other select members of the press.

"But I think it's mainly still is pretty, pretty good in terms of the very end of the lap, like the last corner example.

"Sometimes the situation is purely that either you overtake someone or you get overtaken and then you have the risk of not making the lap. That's how it is. I think in terms of regulation I haven't thought what could be the solution right."

The difference in how each driver prepares for their flying lap by getting the tyres into the right window varies across the grid. Bottas thinks this is the main reason which contributes to any confusion.

"Normally, you tend to create the gaps and want to find your place before that, and by the time you get to the last corner, then people kind of respect," said Bottas.

"I feel there's so many different cars doing different types of outlaps. Some cars need a faster outlap, I think like us at the weekend.

"Some cars are really going slow so you need to balance that out and try and make your tyres to work. That's why during the outlap there is overtaking and swapping places and so on."

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