2018 Barcelona Testfahrten 2, Tag 2 - Wolfgang Wilhelm

Bottas: I’ve never driven anything like that

Valtteri Bottas and his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton have focussed their work during the last week of testing, in Barcelona, on race simulation runs and have by design not targeted fast laps in the W09 which the Finn says is like nothing he has ever driven.

New tarmac and a year’s development have combined to destroy lap times at the Spanish Grand Prix venue during the past four days in which this year’s cars are a couple of seconds quicker than their predecessors at the same time twelve months ago.

Bottas explained, “I’ve never driven anything like that. It was the same last year here but now again, they’re so much quicker, quicker than before especially the grip in the high-speed corners.”

“It’s just amazing, Turns 1, 2 and 3. Turn 9, you go so quickly you feel the whole car. It’s like bending and flexing, an amazing feeling.”

“It definitely feels a better car but like I said last week, we need to be also careful with the new tarmac here it makes the track a bit quicker so for sure the car will feel with more.”

“What I felt so far with the handling of the car and the balance in general, how it behaves, it definitely hasn’t gone in the wrong direction.I think we’ve made some improvements, the balance is more together.”

“For my driving style if it suits more? I think it’s up to me to adjust the car. It’s been a good beginning with the new car,” added the Finn at the end of the penultimate day of testing at Circuit de Catalunya.

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