Bot­tas Prom­ises Im­prove­ments Af­ter Top­ping Times

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LON­DON (Dis­patches) - Valt­teri Bot­tas promised he and Mercedes will keep on push­ing for more per­for­mance af­ter top­ping the times ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamil­ton in a ‘Sil­ver Ar­rows’ one-two in Fri­day’s sec­ond prac­tice for the Brazil­ian Grand Prix.

The Finn, seek­ing his first vic­tory in nearly a year since the 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, beat new five-time cham­pion Hamil­ton by 0.003 sec­onds in a highly-com­pet­i­tive ses­sion at In­ter­la­gos.

“It was a bit of a mixed day,” he said. “Much bet­ter in the af­ter­noon than the morn­ing, which was quite dif­fi­cult. Then, it was easy to make mis­takes and I had a few lock­ups and aborted laps.

“In the af­ter­noon, I man­aged to find a rhythm and the pace felt good. It is a short track, though, and the mar­gins are small – it is very close be­tween the top three teams, “We can’t af­ford to re­lax or be sat­is­fied. We know ev­ery­one is work­ing hard overnight on their per­for­mance so we will keep on push­ing as well.” Hamil­ton said his car felt bet­ter than it was in Mex­ico where he won the driv­ers ti­tle two week­ends ear­lier.

“We are still work­ing through some is­sues. Rain is fore­cast, but I love driv­ing in the rain so that’s not a prob­lem… We need to make sure we are quick enough in the dry.”

The Mercedes driv­ers are seek­ing to clinch the team’s fifth con­sec­u­tive con­struc­tors’ cham­pi­onship this week­end, know­ing that Fer­rari need to out­per­form them by 13 points to keep the ti­tle race alive.

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