How fast is Mercedes really? That is the big question before the Formula One season attack in Melbourne in almost two weeks. The silver arrows have not yet shown their true Pace.
Although the second test week in Barcelona was a bear-strong Longrun, fast laps were not entered: Lewis Hamilton’s best time was 1,3 seconds slower than Sebastian Vettel’s best time.
I have to say, that we do not know pure Pace over a round,”says Valtteri Bottas, who was once again a tenth customer slower than Hamilton. Mercedes did not find it necessary to go to the absolute limit of the car.” We wanted to learn as much as possible and make constant runs with different settings to see the difference. We focused more on ourselves than on the time table,”said the Finnish.
Especially for Bottas, the test winter this year was more pleasant than ever 2017. At that time he had to get used to the team after his short-term change from Williams, but this time he could take more care of his own performance.”This time he had to get used to his own performance.” It was much simpler,”he says, and is generally very satisfied with the car:”It definitely feels like a better car.”
How strong the F1 W09 is now really, you will see in almost two weeks in Australia, when all teams compete in qualifying. But despite the ignorance Bottas has no concern for competitiveness.” We know: once everything is right – Qualifying settings and so,
we will see how fast the car is,