Mercedes Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas was left disappointed after qualifying sixth for Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix, having struggled to switch his wet tyres on through Q3 and match his early pace.

Bottas featured towards the top of the timesheets through both Q1 and Q2 on the intermediate tyre at Monza, only for more rainfall in the lead-up to Q3 to prompt all drivers to switch to Pirelli’s full wet compound.

While teammate Lewis Hamilton was able to sweep to a record-breaking 69th pole position, Bottas finished over two seconds behind in P6, much to his disappointment.

“I think Q1 and Q2 weren’t too bad, and there was a lot more potential in the final Q2 lap as well,” Bottas said.

“In Q3 with more water coming down, I couldn’t get the tyres switched on anymore and that was the struggle.

“Obviously some guys did. The grid seems to be really mixed, and I couldn’t in Q3. I don’t know why, so we have to have a look.”

Despite qualifying sixth, Bottas will rise to fourth thanks to penalties for Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo, and he remains confident of a good result.

“It will be a completely different day, it should be dry,” Bottas said.

“I think we’re going to start from fourth, with the penalties, and the Ferraris are behind.

“We have the potential for a very strong result tomorrow and we need to have a nice and clean race - that’s the plan!”



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