Valtteri Bottas says Mercedes are still trying to solve balance problems with their W10 and isn’t sure if they will be contenders for victory from the first race of the season.Lewis Hamilton’s reference to “little hurdles” the team was trying to overcome with its new chassis, Bottas said “Hurdles or obstacles, there’s always those in this sport and with a new car.
“But definitely we have some kind of balance issues we still need to solve. Many things in the car we can still improve.”
He is confident the team will be able to solve the problems it has with the W10.
“I have faith in the team, we’ve been in difficult situations before with the car, we’ve had race weekends where we’ve been under-performing with the car. So any obstacle I feel it is possible to overcome.
“But again it’s all about how to work and working together as a team for that. I trust everyone in our factory, I think the race team is really making sure with the starting point we have for the season that we’re going to the best possible shape for Melbourne.
“If it’s going to be enough to win races that’s completely unknown at this point, time will show. But for sure we will try everything we can for that.”
[smr0901]Mercedes brought a major aerodynamic upgrade for its car this week. Bottas said this was not a reaction to the performance of rivals Ferrari during the first test.
“The package we have here has been developed for a long time, like the first package. It was not like last week we realised we needed to change something and brought something new, it was well planned a long time ago. I’m sure we’ll try to bring some improvements for Melbourne as well.
“I feel with the regulation change even though it’s not massive, [because of] how complex the cars are aerodynamically from the start of the season to the end of the year we’re going to see bigger improvements from each team compared to last year.”
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