Valtteri Bottas ended his Friday of free practices in first and second position, respectively in the FP1 and in the FP2. The Finnish stressed to be happy of the feeling with the car, but in his opinion there is still work to do before the qualifying of tomorrow afternoon.
"It's been a good day for us, and we've gained plenty of learnings", Bottas told at the end of the FP2. "It's a nice feeling to be back on track here and feeling the improvements of the car since we were last here, back in pre-season testing. The car felt good out there, but obviously there's some fine-tuning to do".
"The morning session was a bit better for me today than the afternoon. I struggled with some understeer at the beginning of FP1, but that was quite easy to fix, and it felt a lot better by the end of the session".
Like Lewis Hamilton said in his interviews, Bottas told to be encouraged because of the total absence of blistering on his tyres. On Sunday, however, the situation could change because of the great heat expected.
"We did long runs on all of the tyre compounds today and I didn't experience any blistering, so there will be lots of learnings for us to look into in order to really maximise tyre performance here. We're looking strong but the main thing will be Sunday with these temperatures and whether we can keep these tyres in a good condition", said eventually Valtteri Bottas.