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F1 | Austrian GP | Bottas: "Lots of things we can learn from this weekend"

Alfa Romeo's Valtteri Bottas talks post-race about what happened today during the DRS swap-of-places and what could have been better plus key takeaways to improving in the next couple weeks in France.

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F1 | Austrian GP | Bottas: "Lots of things we can learn from this weekend"
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Valtteri Bottas started from the rear of the grid in Sunday's Formula One Austrian Grand Prix after team Alfa Romeo received a slew of new poewr unit components ahead of the race.

After a busy first lap, Valtteri made it up one place from the pitlane to P19.

Bottas was caught up in a big DRS-train than ran from P9 to P19, and instead of being caught at the back of the pack, Bottas pitted for new tyres.

30 laps later, Bottas had made up places to P13.

After virtual safety car coming from Ferrari's Carlos Sainz's car, Bottas made P11 who then cleared Albon for P10. 

Unfortunately, as the cheqeured flag was waved, Bottas could not get past Alpine's Fernando Alonso and finished the race in P11.  

Post-race Bottas comments, "No points today so that's not good but we tried."

He adds, "Pretty good didn't realize that I was stuck behind the DRS train so that's why we stopped and tried to get some clean air but we just didn't have quite enough pace. 

When asked about if it was a difficult race and how it feels to finish P11 just one place shy of scoring points. 

Bottas answers, "It feels like we did everything right today, otherwise it was a hardfought race, needed a bit more pace maybe we could've got some points. We need to qualify better." 

In terms of reliability issues, he comments, "I think some teams have made progress, Williams this weekend did better than they have been. Today, Alpine, McLaren are faster than us. We need to keep progressing otherwise we're going to go backwards.

He concludes, "Still actually unsure if we're getting points or not with [Fernando Alonso] penalty but, we tried everything we could, strategy wise it was good to be quite aggressive. Coming from the pitlane, to being around P10 is not bad. But of course, we always want more.

"There are lots of things that we can learn from this weekend. We have two weeks to prepare for France, and I believe we can do things if we work hard. That's the main goal for the next two weeks."

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