At a press conference on Thursday, Valtteri Bottas spoke about the uniqueness of the Nürburgring, the sick employee and the departure of Honda …
Q: What do you think of returning to the Nurburgring?
Valtteri Bottas: It’s great! Differences in height, profiled turns – it’s a pleasure to race on this track. I have always liked this track, in Formula 1 I had only one race here, but before that I played a lot in the youth series. So yeah, I’m very happy with that.
Question: Did you drive the Northern loop?
Valtteri Bottas: Yes, quite a long time ago – driving a road car.
Question: What tasks will the riders have to solve in such cold weather? Is it as cold here as it was in winter tests?
Valtteri Bottas: On winter tests in the morning it was also cold. This is nothing new, just a few additional tasks to solve.
I’m pretty sure this weekend won’t be without rain. On Friday, the forecast promises precipitation, so we won’t have much time to sort things out. We must try to do our best.
Question: One of the team members tested positive for Covid-19, are you not worried that you can also earn money, miss one or two races and lose positions in the championship?
Valtteri Bottas: Nobody wants to get sick, especially the racers, because this will lead to missing the race, and maybe not just one – we have already seen a similar example.
We try to be as careful as possible, follow all instructions, keep the team isolated. Sometimes it can just be unlucky, because it is a virus. It is a pity that one of the employees got sick, but I completely trust the procedures the team uses in this situation.
Q: How will Honda’s departure affect Formula 1 in general and Red Bull in particular?
Valtteri Bottas: I don’t know many details. I don’t know how their relationship with Honda and other manufacturers is shaping up. I don’t know this side of Formula 1 very well.
In my opinion, the more manufacturers, the better – it’s great when there is competition. They also invested a lot of money in this project, but this time it turned out to be very short-term. But I don’t know the details.