Valtteri Bottas assured Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez that he doesn’t hold a grudge against them after their first-lap incident at the 2023 Las Vegas GP, which wasted a golden opportunity for points for Alfa Romeo.
Bottas added they’re not on his Christmas card list but explained that’s because he doesn’t send any cards out, and accepted the crash as a racing incident ahead of the Abu Dhabi GP.
Bottas started seventh on the Las Vegas Strip Circuit but Perez nudged him wide and into a spinning Alonso at the first corner, the Finn never recovered and trailed home 17th and last of the finishers.
“Well I don’t send Christmas cards, so I don’t have a list. But of course, I would still send the card if I could, these things happen in racing,” Bottas told the press.
“I think it was definitely a missed opportunity, the whole weekend we actually seemed strong on that particular track. Every session in top 10, including qualifying and then yeah, everything gets thrown in the bin in turn one with the damage.
“It’s tough to accept but that’s the name of the game sometimes. And we’ve got one more opportunity here to try and get some more points.”
Bottas outlines Alfa Romeo target
The Las Vegas misfortune was even more gutting for Bottas and Alfa Romeo as they remain five points behind AlphaTauri for eighth in the constructors’ championship.
They led that battle for much of the season but the Faenza team’s strong performance in the Americas leg scored the 15 points, while they also hold the tiebreaker over Alfa Romeo with a best finish of seventh.
“We’re going to look forward so of course we’re trying to get AlphaTauri, it’s only four [sic] points and it’s realistic to get that,” Bottas added.
“But there’s not many occasions that we’ve scored, so we need to get everything perfect. Trying to get them is absolutely the target for this weekend but for that we need to focus on ourselves as well.”