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Valtteri Bottas: “I’m feeling prepared and good in the car”

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Valtteri Bottas completed his final day of pre-season testing ahead of the new Formula 1 season on Wednesday by setting the fastest time of the day.

The Williams Martini Racing driver was able to complete 108 laps of the Circuit de Catalunya, with his quickest lap of the day of 1m23.261s set on the Supersoft Pirelli tyre enough to see him end up 0.361s faster than Lewis Hamilton.

The Finn said his final day in the FW38 before handing over to team-mate Felipe Massa for the final two days of the test was productive, and he feels prepared for the start of the season in Australia later this month.

“It’s been another good day,” said Bottas. “That’s it for me now for testing before we go to Melbourne.

“I’m feeling prepared and good in the car. I’m glad we have made progress during testing and I’m sure we will do even more before Melbourne.

“That’s it now for driving from my side. There’s more to follow in the next two days as we will discover more with Felipe. Thanks to everyone in the team for all their hard work over the last two tests and thanks also to Mercedes HPP.”

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