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Bottas promises to give "all I have" to recover from Mercedes penalty

Bottas promises to give "all I have" to recover from Mercedes penalty

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Bottas promises to give "all I have" to recover from Mercedes penalty

Bottas promises to give "all I have" to recover from Mercedes penalty

Valtteri Bottas has promised to "give all I have" in starting from the rear of the grid at the Italian Grand Prix after winning the sprint at Monza.

Bottas was untroubled over 18 laps after executing a perfect safety car restart in the wake of a crash involving AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly, finishing ahead of runner-up Max Verstappen and McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo to claim three points.

Following a complete power unit change ahead of qualifying, however, Bottas drops to the rear of the field for the grand prix.

After struggling to keep on pace with Verstappen and team-mate Lewis Hamilton this season, the Finn followed up his fastest qualifying time from Friday with the victory in the sprint to which he said: "It felt good.

"Feels like it has been a while since I finished first in a race.

"Unfortunately, I start from the back tomorrow but the speed is there so I will be fighting. I will be coming as high as I can but today I enjoyed the race. We had a good pace."

As to whether there was a tinge of disappointment over his situation given his display so far this weekend, he added: "What can I say?

"It has been a perfect weekend so far and then I have a grid penalty. That happens. I will be fighting to get as high as I can."

On his prospects for the grand prix given the difficulty drivers had in overtaking during the sprint, Bottas insisted: "It is not going to be easy, that's for sure.

"It is not easy but strategy-wise, I still have a free choice of tyres so let's see if we can do something. I will give all I have, I can promise that."

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