Bottas endured a irritating weekend in Baku after his tempo utterly vanished from Saturday onwards. Within the race, he was a sitting duck, ending a lapped eleventh whereas team-mate Zhou Guanyu was heading in the right direction for factors till he retired with a technical subject.
On Friday, Bottas completed one tenth forward of Zhou in every observe session. After swapping to Alfa’s new specification on Saturday morning, the Finn was out of the blue seven tenths slower than the Chinese language rookie in FP3 and Q1, and 6 tenths behind in Q2 because the pair certified 14th and fifteenth.
Bottas stated he was at a loss to clarify why his weekend went down the drain, however is satisfied a elementary subject with a few of the new components he switched to is behind his disappearing tempo.
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“I want I knew, it nearly seems like one thing is essentially fallacious as a result of we have been so off the anticipated lap occasions and tempo, even Williams have been quicker than us on the finish of the race which isn’t the place our automobile needs to be,” Bottas stated when quizzed by Autosport on his lack of tempo.
“We modified from the outdated bundle to the brand new bundle for Saturday, and since then the problem began with the behaviour of the automobile. We’ll take a look, I am fairly satisfied we’ll discover one thing.
“From Friday to Saturday, it simply felt like we misplaced rear grip, which is a bit unusual as a result of with the components we modified it ought to have been growing the rear finish. So we have to discover out what’s gone fallacious.
“I had no likelihood to match Zhou’s lap occasions at this time, he was in one other league, nearly one second quicker which for me is sort of unusual.”
Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo
Picture by: Alfa Romeo
Alfa Romeo’s head of trackside engineering Xevi Pujolar defined that each Bottas and Zhou ran the very same configuration from Saturday onwards after the Hinwil workforce had accomplished Friday with a earlier spec as a precaution, which strengthened the concept there was an underlying subject on Bottas’ automobile.
“Since Saturday we began to have some query marks on Valtteri’s automobile,” Pujolar defined.
“And at this time it was clear that one thing is fallacious. We have to perceive what it’s in the intervening time, however we will see that one thing is just not proper.
“Each automobiles are definitely the identical configuration, I might say it is the identical set-up, all the pieces was the identical. There’s one thing that not working as anticipated.”
With a brief turnaround to this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, Pujolar stated the workforce will attempt to change as many components as attainable to seek out the basis trigger because it does not have time to pour over every particular person half.
“Most likely what is going to occur is that we’ll have to alter as a lot as attainable to repair the issue, however that is the limitation we’ve bought in such a fast turnaround,” he added.
“So, we’ll simply attempt to change as a lot as attainable to ensure that we begin again to with our regular or anticipated efficiency.”
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