Valtteri Bottas: “I know there are improvements we can make”


Valtteri Bottas - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Valtteri Bottas felt the second practice session at the Yas Marina Circuit on Friday was more reflective on where the Williams Martini Racing team will be this weekend for the final race of the season.

The Finn admitted that the team were doing engine and aerodynamic tests during the first session, which ultimately saw him down in fifteenth position on the timing screens, but the second session saw Bottas end up seventh, around where he expects the Grove-based team to be this weekend.

Bottas believes there is still work to be done in order to find more time as the team once again find themselves embroiled in a battle with the Sahara Force India F1 Team in Abu Dhabi.

“As a Friday, everything went well,” admitted Bottas. “In FP1 we were doing some pretty specific tests with the engine and aerodynamics so, from the lap times, it’s difficult to comment. But FP2 felt a lot better and it looks like we are where we have been at the last few races.

“Once again, we’re battling with Force India. But I know there are improvements we can make to the car and there’s plenty more to come tomorrow.”