Bottas expects times to go down quickly: "Very little grip"

03-07-2020 18:33
Bottas expects times to go down quickly: Very little grip

Mercedes had a great day together with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. The Finn, like his team mate, was also at the top of the timesheet, but had to give up quite a bit of time on the Brit in both practice sessions. Tomorrow, however, the track is going to look very different again.

"It was a decent day overall, although we had a small problem with my car towards the end. The grip level was pretty low today, but I'm sure the track will ramp up over the course of the weekend. We need to stay on top of that as that can change the set-up quite a bit on this track."

Not only Formula 1 hasn't seen any action in recent months, the same goes for the Red Bull Ring where this weekend will be raced. So the track is a lot 'greener' than normal, so many drivers complained about a lack of grip. Because there is so little grip, this will soon change, which can affect the teams in different ways.

"The main challenge will be to get the balance right for both high-speed and low-speed corners and fine tune the car for that single lap on Saturday, while keeping our race pace in mind as well. It's only Friday, the lap times will come down tomorrow with the track improving, with additional performance items from all the teams and with the drivers pushing hard, so it will be interesting to find out where we stand", Bottas said on Friday afternoon.

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