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IN WORDS: Gap to Lewis Confusing – Valtteri

IN WORDS: Gap to Lewis Confusing – Valtteri

Valtteri Bottas says he is 'confused' after struggling to match the pace of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport team-mate Lewis Hamilton in Qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix.

'Lewis has been really on it'

While Lewis claimed a historic 68th Formula 1 pole to move equal with Michael Schumacher at the top of the poles tally, Valtteri was half a second back in third, struggling for grip.

"This whole weekend, for some reason, I've been just not really been close enough to be able to challenge for the pole," said Bottas.

"Lewis has been really on it. I'm slightly confused why I've not been able to get quite close enough. I still need to find some answers.

"The balance of the car has been feeling really good, but just lacking overall grip and that way losing a lot of time in the high-speed corners in sector two.

'It's going to be a long race'

"It was always going to be a bit tricky to challenge for the pole and it would have been nice to be at least second. But still, second row, hopefully as a team we can do a good job tomorrow."

Despite missing out on a spot on the front-row, Valtteri believes he will have opportunities to move forward on Sunday.

"It's going to be a long race," said the Finn. "Here we know anything can happen, and you never know with the weather as well. There will be opportunities for me tomorrow, starting third.

"We're probably going to see different tyre behaviour from the cars in different tyre compounds, so it should be interesting."

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