Valtteri Bottas: “I think there’s something fundamentally wrong”

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After finishing Azerbaijan Grand Prix FP1&2 in P9 and P16 respectively, Valtteri Bottas says Mercedes is “lacking grip and sliding around”.

Bottas thinks Mercedes might be having a “fundamental” issue with their car, and he is bracing for “a long night” in Baku.

“It was very tricky for us today, clearly lacking pace,” said the Finn.

“It feels like it’s just overall grip. The balance is not that far off. Okay, the car is maybe a bit unpredictable, but it just feels like its lacking grip and sliding around.

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“I think it’s going to be a long night tonight. It was slightly better maybe on the long run, but still we’re lacking pace, that’s for sure.

“So I think there’s something fundamentally wrong, and we need to figure out what.

“Monaco wasn’t easy, but at least we were more or less there by the time of qualifying. But now we seem quite a bit off, so it’s been definitely a more challenging day than we’d anticipated.

“And we need to find out exactly why.”

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