Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team’s Valtteri Bottas completed 68 laps on the final day of the opening winter test of 2017 at the Barcelona Circuit Du Catalunya in Spain. The Finn set the eighth fastest time of the day with a 01:23.443s and speaking following his time in the car the Finn commented by saying:
Unfortunately the day was a little bit shorter than we were hoping for but overall it has been a very good four days for us in Barcelona. As a team we really made the most out of this week– we’ve done a lot of mileage and I learned a lot.
Today we did some good running on the extreme wets and the intermediate tyres, before crossing over to the slicks. It was interesting to test in the damp track conditions and we got some very useful information about the intermediate tyre. We ended the day completing long runs on the slicks, to build up our understanding of the tyres ahead of Melbourne.
I’ve really enjoyed working with the team this week. Once again, all the mechanics and engineers have done a great job, and thanks to everyone at the factory, because the car has run so well.
Lewis Hamilton was meant to be in the W08 this morning however the three time world champion was unable to complete his scheduled programme due to an electrical issue with the car.
Both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will be back in action at the Barcelona Circuit Du Catalunya next week.