Hamilton and Bottas on Eifel GP: “Who knows what will happen!”

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As Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas prepare for today’s Eifel Grand Prix, the duo gives their thoughts on how the race could go.

Lewis Hamilton will start today’s race from P2, but he is ready to take advantage of any opportunities that come his way.

“We’ll see tomorrow with the weather,” Hamilton told Sky Sports F1 on Saturday.

“It’s a lot cooler here. Not the easiest place to overtake either. But there could be lots of opportunities, so I’ll be pushing hard.

“Usually the colder the track goes it moves more to wear at the front end of the car more than the rear. When it gets hot it’s the rear end that struggles most.

“So, it will be interesting to see how far we go tomorrow,” concluded the Briton.

Valtteri Bottas, who sits on pole position, also puts emphasis on the unpredictable weather and its impact on tyre wear. And he is not counting out third placed Max Verstappen and Red Bull!

“I think Red Bull and Max were very fast today,” the Finn told Ziggo Sport.

“At the start of qualifying, I actually saw that it was going to be an exciting fight with them.


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“I think it was especially important with this weather today to get the tyres in the best condition in the outlap. That was the key.

“In my last attempt I managed that and the lap itself was also very good. I finally managed to set a good time in sector one. That was the decisive factor.

However, with limited running on the track due to both Friday’s free practice sessions being cancelled, there are a lot of unknowns going into the race.

“It’s hard to predict what to expect from the tires, we’re all missing data due to the small distance we’ve driven,” Bottas explains.

“That’s nice, I think. Who knows what will happen! Who knows how the tyres will react? We’re going to see it.

“It’s fun for everyone. I think we practice too much. We have so much data, we know exactly how the tires are, but now there are some question marks and that’s a nice feeling.

“We don’t need a Friday, just start on Saturday and go for it,” concludes the Finn.

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