Valtteri Bottas believes Ferrari disguised their true pace in practice for the French Grand Prix.
Mercedes lapped over eight-tenths of a second quicker than their closest championship rivals. Bottas, who only covered seven laps in second practice due to a water leak, admitted “we definitely looked competitive today in both sessions.”
“Lewis [Hamilton] got a really good lap in FP2 as well,” he added. “I think we’re going to be competitive.”
Sebastian Vettel believes Ferrari are “a little bit behind” on one-lap pace but is confident they will be closer in qualifying.
“I think it’s understanding what the car needs [and] what I need to do with the car. On one lap [it] didn’t come together, I didn’t put great laps in and therefore I’m not too stressed about the one-lap performance.
“Usually come quali we are able to pick up the pace. For tonight I need to understand I need to do to the car and what we can do on top of that to make the car faster and then we should be fine.”
Vettel said he got a better feel for how his car was handling during his race simulation. “I seemed to struggle a bit this morning and this afternoon. I think in the long run it was starting to come a little bit more together with more successive laps. So let’s see.
“I feel the car has more potential, it’s definitely there, but I wasn’t able to get it. Hopefully we can find something tonight and I need to have a good night’s sleep and then we should be OK.”
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