Valtteri Bottas happy with Mercedes upgrades

by Gemma Bray

Valtteri Bottas revealed his happiness at the recent upgrades from the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team as he finished the day third fastest on Friday ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix.

The Finn finished Free Practice 1 in third with a time of 1:06.345, after Lewis Hamilton topped the times. Heading into the second session things looked promising for the Finn, he finished with a time of 1:05.699 to finish third, 0.216 seconds off the pace of Hamilton.

“A solid start to the weekend,” said Bottas. “There’s a good feeling inside the team and the car is clearly quick here.

“It was great to see that the upgrades the team worked so hard to deliver for this weekend worked straight out of the box. Aerodynamically we’ve made another step forward from Baku, which is encouraging.”

Bottas believes with Scuderia Ferrari looking strong at the Red Bull Ring on Friday, Mercedes can expect another interesting weekend.

“This track punishes you if you make a mistake, and I tested those limits,” added Bottas. 

“That’s something I can learn from and build upon for the rest of the weekend. The balance of the car feels good and we’ll fine tune the setup some more tonight to be ready for qualifying. Ferrari are looking strong here too, so we’re expecting another interesting weekend ahead.”

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