Valtteri Bottas says the Mercedes W12 “handles a lot better”

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Although Valtteri Bottas confirms Mercedes hasn’t updated their 2021 car in a while, he says it “handles a lot better” compared to the beginning of the season.

Mercedes has stopped updating their car earlier in the season to focus on their 2022 challenger. However, the team did find some additional pace since then.

“If I look at the beginning of the season to now, for sure it handles a lot better,” Bottas said at the Thursday press conference.

“I think the biggest issues we had with the car was the rear end being quite unstable, and overall just lacking grip compared to last year.

“So I think we’ve just been able to balance the car a bit better recently. That’s the main feeling, that it’s a bit more stable and more drivable.

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“During the middle of the season, or beginning of the season, we did have some upgrades, but not lately. It’s just been purely work on the setup, work on the balance and just getting it more drivable.

“I don’t really feel like we’ve made, as a team, big steps. We obviously stopped the development of this year’s car quite early and it’s been pretty similar car for the last few races.

“I think it’s very track dependent, and we always keep learning more about the package. It’s still fine margins, it’s not like we’re miles ahead of anyone.

“It’s still dependant on the track, so we need to keep that in mind,” concluded the Finn.

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