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Bottas disappointed with second place in Italy

8th September 2019, 18:02 by Gareth Freeman

Valtteri Bottas was disappointed he was unable to claim a third win of the season in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

The Mercedes driver came in second behind Ferrari's Charles Leclerc at Monza as he finished ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who completed the podium.

Bottas did manage to cut Hamilton's lead at the top of the standings to 63 points but he felt his failure to win in Italy was an opportunity missed.

"I think we had a good strategy," Bottas told Sky Sports. "We had some opportunities at the end.

"I'm gutted. I was trying everything I could to get him [Leclerc]. There was no way past. Always when I was getting close I was locking because of the lack of downforce."

He added: "They're [Ferrari are] so quick in the straights as well. I tried - I think it was the best we could do today.

"It was really difficult. We tried everything we could, with the engine modes and everything. Not quite enough."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Gareth Freeman is an experienced journalist who can offer in-depth knowledge on a host of sports, especially football, tennis, snooker and basketball.

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