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Bottas: Verstappen collision defined my race

Monaco Grand Prix – Valtteri Bottas was left to rue a pit lane collision between himself and Max Verstappen, which left him unable to challenge for the race lead.

Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas came to blows in the Monaco Grand Prix pit lane when both drivers pitted under the safety car.

With third-placed Verstappen trying to get ahead of Bottas in the pit lane, the Red Bull driver rejoined slightly ahead of the Mercedes.

However, with there being no room for both drivers, Bottas was squeezed into the pit wall causing some damage to the Mercedes bodywork and causing a puncture.

Bottas had to pit again and fell from third to fourth place where he stayed until the chequered flag. He was, however, promoted to third due to Verstappen being handed a five-second time penalty.

Speaking after the race, Bottas suggested that the penalty was justified, but feared he would lose more positions than he did after acquiring a puncture in the collision.

“It was the key point and the thing that made the race more difficult,” said Bottas.

“For some reason my stop was a bit slow. So then Max came out alongside me in the pit lane, even though he was behind before.

“We were side-by-side. I kept my line and he drifted right. We touched and then I touched the wall because there was no more space and I got a puncture.

“Honestly, I thought when I had a puncture that I was going to be at the back of the grid. Luckily I didn’t lose a lot of places so, [I was] unlucky but lucky at the same time. It could’ve been a lot worse.”

The result means that Bottas loses out to race-winner Lewis Hamilton in drivers’ championship, moving to seventeen points adrift of his team-mate.

To view the full results of the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix, click here.

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