Bottas Promises Improvements After Topping Times
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.