Mercedes was fast during the whole two days of the weekend, except the FP3 where Max Verstappen took the top position. All sessions were leading by Valtteri Bottas. However in the quali he was focusing more on the race rhythm, since the team decided to give him new power unit and then, already during the weekend, changed some parts of it again due to technical issues. So he will start the race from back of the grid.
"I felt a bit more comfortable yesterday with the car overall. But obviously for me, anything I was trying to keep in my mind was for the race because, in any case, whatever happens today I knew I’m going to be starting last with my, I don't know how many place, grid penalty, 40, or something," - Bottas explained.
Speaking about a plan for tomorrow session, the Finn said that everything is possible and he and the team will try the best to get the successful results.
"For sure, we’ve tried to make a plan and the whole weekend, trying to optimise for the race because, like I said, qualifying result doesn’t really matter for me today. So, everything we’ve done with the tyre choices, and everything we’ve tried to optimise that. We’ve had many ideas for the strategy, and obviously it’s going to be a challenge, coming up from there – but I do look forward to it. I’m sure it can be fun trying to come up."
Also Bottas admitted he feels not very good this weekend, but it can’t effect his work on the track.
"I’ve been quite ill this week, I think since Monday night, so when I travelled here it got worse – but in the car it doesn’t matter. The adrenaline kicks in and you feel normal."