Australian Grand Prix – Valtteri Bottas was not satisfied by his performance in his first qualifying session for Mercedes.
The Finn qualified in third behind Sebastian Vettel and team mate Lewis Hamilton, having made some mistakes on his final effort in Q3 and finishing three tenths off the pole time.
He ran wide on the exit of Turn 12 and had a snap of oversteer on the exit of the following corner, costing him crucial time in a closely fought session at the head of the field.
“Third position is not ideal. I couldn’t quite get a perfect lap in, so I’m not quite satisfied with the result,” he said.
“Tomorrow is the day that matters and my race starts have been quite strong, so hopefully we can keep that going.”
Bottas missed out on the front row by just three hundredths of a second, but Toto Wolff is happy with the progress Bottas has made since the start of the weekend.
“He might be a little disappointed to miss out on P2 by just a few hundredths,” he said.
“But you cannot expect everything perfect on the first weekend. He improved with every run and there is still more to come, no doubt.”