Valtteri Bottas believes that Mercedes could lead the next few races, but the Finnish driver is still apprehensive and wants improvements, primarily in the downforce department. Mercedes’ dominance in the current Formula 1 season was broken due to the issues occurring in the early season. Also, both drivers struggled with tyre usage and temperatures, making it easier for Ferrari to revive, and Sebastian Vettel taking an advantage.
The German outfit however went on to gradually improve after the Monaco race, winning three races against the Scuderia Ferrari’s two victories. As Formula 1 reaches the end of its summer break next week, the Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas is optimistic that the silver arrows can prevail once again, provided more potential can be unlocked.
“Bottas is the perfect driver mentally”, says Rosberg.
“I really think the next at least two races on paper should be a bit better for us [than Hungary] compared to Ferrari,” Bottas said.
“But I think we’ve made some good progress. We definitely do have work to do, they are quick through the corners, and we need to work on that.”
According to Bottas, Mercedes’ downforce package must be better optimised to avoid a performance lag, as this he believes this will be the main asset to rely on given the settings of the several upcoming venues.
“We need to work on our maximum-downforce package, that’s the main thing,” he says.
“There are still a lot of tracks to come that require a lot of downforce. Spa is more about efficiency, Monza is very low-downforce, and then Singapore is about downforce again. We are really working hard and trying to get the car better, because if we don’t make any progress, it’s going to be a tricky season, for sure.”