Valtteri Bottas still on track after Mexico podium finish

A third place result in Mexico despite a bad smash the day before, leaves the Finnish driver still within touching distance of a World Championship title.

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Valtteri Bottas sprays champagne after finishing 3rd in Mexico Grand Prix, 27th October 2019 / Credit: @valtteribottas Instagram

Finnish race driver Valtteri Bottas is still – technically – on track to win the F1 World Championship next weekend after a podium finish in Mexico.

The Finn came third in Sunday evening’s Mexico Grand Prix, behind Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in second.

Hamilton is in pole position to claim another World Championship title next weekend in Austin Texas, but Bottas can still beat him to it, if he finishes first while Hamilton comes eighth or worse.

Sunday’s race was a remarkable comeback for the Finn, who crashed his car during the qualifying laps on Saturday, with Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff saying the car was in “a thousand pieces” after the smash, and engineers worked hard to get it in racing condition again.

“I’m always surprised that something that looks like 1000 Lego pieces on the floor can actually race the next day” Wolff told reporters.

Meanwhile Bottas seemed happy – or as happy as a Finnish racing driver gets – with his third place result.

“I think considering what happened yesterday it was a good day, and I think it was a good race from my side personally” he told F1 media after the race.

“Where I started, with a bad start, still could recover into third, obviously with an ideal strategy from the team, but the pace was good on both stints and we could manage the tyre well.” he said.