Bottas says he had Hamilton’s pace in Canada

Valtteri Bottas says that a variety of factors conspired to hamper his challenge to Lewis Hamilton in Canada, but the Finn insists that his ultimate pace was a match for his teammate’s.

The Finn’s troubles started when he lost out to Max Verstappen on the opening lap, and by the time the Dutchman retired on lap 11 Bottas had lost touch with leader Hamilton, and was struggling with a tyre vibration and brake issues.

He stopped much earlier than the three-time world champion, and was equipped with softs, rather than the supersoft tyres Hamilton took later.

Bottas then lost time behind Esteban Ocon, who had yet to pit. He eventually finished 19.7s adrift of Hamilton, who said that he did not have to push the car.

“I honestly don’t think there was much of a difference between our pace,” said Bottas. “In the first stint I was initially behind the Red Bull.

“I had a big lock-up, I was having difficulties to see at the end of the straights, and also brakes overheating behind Verstappen. I had to save them, lift and coasting, and stuff life that.

“Then when I stopped we decided to go for the soft tyre, which I completely understand, because already at that point Lewis was quite far away, there was nothing really for me to lose to try and go for the soft.

The feeling for me with the soft on Friday was quite good, with the hotter temps we thought it worked really well. But it wasn’t quick enough I think, and we lost I don’t know how many seconds behind Ocon. Lewis’s supersofts seemed very solid, very quick.”

Without his trouble, Bottas felt that he could have had the same speed as Hamilton.

“I don’t think in the race I struggled massively. Things were not aligned for me today to fight for the win.

“I think yesterday was a bit tricky, especially Q3, but otherwise not my best weekend, but not bad either. Really for us as a team, the first one-two of the year, these are the results that we need.”

Bottas conceded that he didn’t know how the team could have got him past Verstappen, had the Dutchman not retired.

“Not sure, to be honest, we didn’t really go through that. I got kind of lucky that Max had a DNF there. I think relative to Red Bull we definitely had more pace.

“And it would have been an opportunity at the pitstop to get in front of him, or by putting pressure all through the race. The only worry is if I had been stuck behind him for a long time, my front brakes would have overheated.”

Child and Adult Safety Initiative

The use of seat-belts and child restraints is one of the most important actions that can be taken to prevent injury in a motor vehicle crash. While seat-belts and child restraints do not prevent crashes from taking place, they play a major role in reducing the severity of injury to vehicle occupants involved in a collision. An occupant’s chance of survival increases dramatically when appropriately restrained.

The technical effectiveness of seat-belts and child restraints is well researched and proven. Properly designed and fitted restraints save lives. Once seat-belts have been installed in a vehicle, the next objective is to ensure that the vehicle occupants use them. The seat-belt is an effective safety tool that not only saves lives, but also significantly reduces the severity of injury that a vehicle occupant may have sustained if they were not wearing the device. Around half of all deaths of front seat occupants could be prevented through the correct use of seat-belts.

Therefore, this initiative is geared at sensitizing children and adults sharing road on the importance of the use of seat belt, child restraint, safer cycling and walking to school, reflective jacket, traffic rules and regulations. Giving children and adult this knowledge will help reduce the rate of injuries and mortality arising from not using seat belt, and child restraint and more importantly this knowledge will ensure the safe use of road by children and adults

Nigeria will host the 3rd FIA African Regional Sport Congress 2017

The Automobile and Touring Club of Nigeria is happy to announce that it will be hosting the 3rd African Regional Sport Congress 2017 in Abuja from August 25 – 26, 2017 after the FRSC annual lecture series scheduled to hold on August 24, 2017 which the President and Special Envoy on Road Safety to the United Nations Mr. Jean Todt will be in attendance.

The congress will focus on growing motorsport in Africa most especially in Nigeria, with key sessions on:
– management of motorsport associations/clubs

– motorsport development
– officials licensing (grade, certifications, recruitment & retention)
– grassroots disciplines & participation programmes
– risk management and continuous improvement including spectator safety, spectator culture,


– other important topics

A lot of challenges have been faced with as far as motorsport growth is concerned. More work is needed to achieve our full potential without competing with other countries as motorsport is a new area to Nigerians.

More information will be made available as the event progresses.


FIA: Federation International de L’Automobile

FRSC: Federal Road Safety Corps