Valtteri Bottas, Williams, Suzuka, 2013

Bottas says Maldonado’s last-lap move was ‘unfair’

2013 Japanese Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Valtteri Bottas, Williams, Suzuka, 2013Valtteri Bottas says Pastor Maldonado risked a collision between the two Williams drivers with his last-lap move at the chicane.

Maldonado lunged down the inside of his team mate to take 16th place as they approached the finishing line.

“In the end the move he made for me there was no, for me, any space to keep on the track so I don’t think it’s really fair,” Bottas told the BBC after the race.

“If I would have not go straight from the chicane we would have crashed so I think the racing shouldn’t be like that.”

Maldonado said the move was “close but quite clean”.

“I got the position,” he said, “I was faster than him.”

He defended his decision to take the risk for a lowly position: “For sure it’s not making any big difference but when you are a racer you always want to take the position on the others.”

Maldonado added: “The strategy from my car it was completely wrong but the pace today we were strong a lot. We got the hundred percent from our car.”

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