Williams driver Valtteri Bottas praises his car's strength and believes it can be a mighty contender at the European GP.
Bottas did well in both free practices earlier today in Baku. The Finn scored a podium one week ago in Canada and is covetous to claim another positive result on Sunday.
The Mercedes-powered Williams displayed a great top speed on the straights and good balance, which allowed Bottas to finish fourth quickest in FP2. However, he declared there is definitely room for improvement, as this day was spent by all drivers learning the track.
“I think we can be strong here,” said Bottas. “It was a good day, and I always like learning new circuits – I really find it cool to find the secrets, step by step.
“It’s a very interesting track, a good challenge for the car and the driver. It is a fast circuit, but it still has a lot of corners in Sector 2, we tried different levels of downforce today.
“I don’t think it’s the best track for our car, but it is a good one. The driveability is not quite there yet. I wasn’t 100 percent pleased, I’m sure we can make it a lot better.”
Many constructors and drivers such as Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel struggled in both sessions with the tyres, complaining about the lack of grip throughout the second session. But Bottas does not seem to be worried about this factor.
“No problem with the tyres, I don’t think we’ll see too many pitstops” declared Bottas.
“The track is still improving a lot,” he added “We are learning all the time about the track and the setup.
“I really enjoyed today, it’s a cool circuit; very demanding in many aspects. Tomorrow I’m sure we can find a lot more."
by Beatrice Zamuner