Valtteri Bottas says the W12 feels “much better than last week”

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After finishing the Austrian Grand Prix second free practice in P2, Valtteri Bottas says Mercedes’ car felt better than it did at the Styrian Grand Prix.

“With the second week, every single margin in terms of cornering performance and driving performance becomes less,” said the Finn.

“So it’s more about fine-tuning rather than finding big chunks of time. I think we started okay in terms of how the car feels, much better than last week.

“Hopefully we can build from that.”

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However, Bottas is aware that Red Bull is not to be underestimated.

“It’s practice – you never know what programmes the others are running, but as I said it’s a better feeling than last week. No doubt they [Red Bull] are still strong.

“I think they are still gaining to us on a straight line, it’s a bit of a weakness to us, but we’ll see in qualifying when everyone is turned up with the engines how it’s really going to be,” concluded the Finn.

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