Mercedes-Pilot Valtteri Bottas can imagine that the silver arrows have left behind the problems of the Monaco Grand Prix and will find old strength in the Canadian race next weekend.
As the Finnish explains, the team has partially caught up with the difficulties with the W08. I don’t know if we can start with Ferrari yet, but we found something out,”Bottas shows himself confident as a result of the analysis.
The reason why the tires in Monaco did not get into his work window is that the set-up was supposed to have been with a softer suspension and more fall. Bottas confirms: “It was mostly about the tuning- mechanical, but also how the car can be driven and how constant the balance is. This determines how long the tyres will last and whether they will reach temperature. If the car only slides and gives the pilot little control, he cannot control the tyres.
The main problem is the alignment with the tyres
“In the race we have lost the tyres. It was the main problem,”Bottas knows about the consequences of the bad set-up. He had to be careful in every circuit not to ruin his time: “The car was not the easiest to drive. Whether it was a good round or a bad one, it was on the knife edge.”Quite different Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Reiikkunen, who apparently effortlessly drew their circles with the Ferrari, leading to a marked lag.
The next debacle will not happen in Canada, Bottas says. Just because the track characteristics are different.” If we perform here, it’s not because we can do magic.” The Nico-Rosberg successor underlines and speaks of a “good chance to strike back after a difficult race” –although the asphalt is similar to the one in Monaco and Pirelli again delivering its three softest mixtures to Montreal.
New margin in terms of weight?
Mercedes returns with new parts which contribute to weight reduction and could for the first time bring the car below the total permissible weight of 728 kilograms. This would allow engineers to work with ballast and distribute the weight more advantageously in the car. In addition, drive updates are used to improve reliability and a discreetly revised suspension. Nothing that would really stand out, Bottas holds back expectations.
A completely new bolt is not necessary either: “There is nothing fundamentally wrong with the car. The aerodynamics fit, mechanically it is true, but it is just sensitive.”Even though Ferrari seems to be always at the height and the SF70H seems to be a universal one among the Formula One racers, Bottas and Mercedes cannot be checked out:”There is no panic. But with every bad race, we lose points. The car must generally be faster.”