After that smoking start to last week’s Austrian Grand Prix, Valtteri Bottas revealed that it was all achieved by anticipation, rather than reaction to the lights.

The Mercedes driver was cleared of jumping the start after the FIA ruled he had taken 0.201 seconds to react to the lights changing. However, Bottas agreed to the fact that his start had been “on the risky side”.

“Having a start like that definitely you need to gamble a little bit,” said Bottas.

“If you’re moving exactly at the same point when the lights go off you definitely need to be a bit on the risky side rather than the safe side. Everyone is obviously free to try and have an idea, guess when the lights go.”

Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo, who finished the race second and third respectively, said on Sunday that they suspected Bottas had anticipated the lights changing.

“For sure, he went, but the lights went out but I guess he got lucky,” said Riccairdo. “I did it in Formula Three before, once, it was on the edge, I’m sure you react, but at that same point the lights went out.”

“In theory it’s not a natural reaction I don’t believe, but as Valtteri said if it’s plus then he’s safe. But I don’t believe he reacted to the lights.”

Other drivers said it would be too risky to try to anticipate when the lights would change.

“I normally don’t gamble,” said Romain Grosjean. “May think about it but I just normally react to the lights.”

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