Bottas calls Q1 elimination “unbelievable”

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Valtteri Bottas has called his elimination during Q1 for the British Grand Prix “unbelievable” after wet weather caught Williams out on Saturday afternoon.

Silverstone was hit with intermittent showers during qualifying, forcing drivers to continually switch between the intermediate and dry compound tires. After mis-timing their final runs, both Williams and Ferrari saw their drivers drop out during Q1, and Bottas did not mince his words when speaking about the result.

“The whole session was unbelievable,” he said. “We left it too late to go out on the dry tire so we didn’t get the run in as it started to rain again.

“Truthfully we were unlucky it started to rain. We had the pace to get to Q3 so we missed a good opportunity.

“It’s a long race tomorrow and we have a good car so we can still get back into the points, but again the weather will play its part.”

Williams had been riding on a high after Bottas and teammate Felipe Massa finished in third and fourth place at the Austrian Grand Prix, but this optimism has come to a crashing end at Silverstone today.

“It was really a missed opportunity to get the car in a good position for tomorrow,” commented head of vehicle development Rob Smedley. “We didn’t expect the rain and the track was drying so we had to get the lap in.

“The moment it started raining again, that was it, it was over. We have a lot to do tomorrow and it will not be easy but the car is quicker than where we are.”

Bottas and Massa qualified in 17th and 18th place respectively, but both drivers will make up two places on the starting grid thanks to penalties for Esteban Gutierrez and Max Chilton.

You can watch the British Grand Prix live on CNBC and Live Extra from 7:30am ET tomorrow.

Toyota victorious in Bahrain on Porsche’s LMP1 swansong

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SAKHIR, Bahrain – Toyota denied Porsche a swansong victory in its final LMP1 appearance in the FIA World Endurance Championship by taking a commanding win in the 6 Hours of Bahrain on Saturday.

Porsche started from pole in the last competitive outing for the three-time Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid car, only to lose out to Toyota’s Sebastien Buemi within the first half an hour of the race.

Porsche lost one of its cars from contention for victory after an errant bollard got stuck underneath Timo Bernhard’s No. 2 entry, leaving Nick Tandy to lead its charge in the No. 1 car.

Tandy moved into the lead just past half distance after a bold strategy call from Porsche to triple-stint the Briton after a fuel-only stop, vaulting him ahead of Anthony Davidson in the No. 8 Toyota.

Tandy’s win hopes were soon dashed when he tangled with a GTE-Am backmarker at Turn 1, sustaining damage that forced Porsche into an unplanned pit stop that put the car a lap down.

With the No. 7 Toyota losing two laps following a clash with a GTE-Pro car earlier on, Davidson, Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima went unchallenged en route to the car’s fifth victory of the season.

Porsche rounded out the podium with its cars, with the No. 2 leading home the No. 1, leaving Toyota’s No. 7 car to settle for P4 at the checkered flag.

Vaillante Rebellion clinched the title in LMP2 after a stunning fightback led by Bruno Senna, with the Brazilian securing his maiden motorsport championship win in the process.

GTE-Pro saw AF Corse complete a hat-trick of titles in 2017, with James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi wining the class’ first world championship recognized by the FIA, while Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda sewed up the GTE-Am title.