Valtteri Bottas says the new Williams already feels like an improvement over the previous car.
“I had a smile on my face after the first proper run and that was purely because I feel we have made an improvement from last year,” he told media in Barcelona.
“It’s difficult to judge how big is the improvement but there is an improvement, you can really feel it and the team can see it in the data.”
Bottas agreed with team mate’s Maldonado’s view that the new car is easier to drive than its predecessor.
“The car is straight out from the box pretty good to drive. For sure Pastor did some set-up work yesterday but for him everything started really well. It was nice to get to work with the new car and do the testing today. We did plenty of different aero testing in the morning and long runs in the afternoon.”
“As a package, the whole package feels better but one area I could point where it’s better is rear end cornering grip. That’s the main thing, and getting well out from the corners, traction and the rear grip. That has improved and I think also in the long runs that will help us.”
Bottas added that running the old car at the Jerez test had helped them suss out some of the challenges presented by the new Pirelli tyres:
“We’ve worked quite a lot with the car set-up to find ways to get through the race distance and when we do the race simulation it will be nice to see if we can make it to the end. Or if anyone can make it with less than three stops.
“But we’ve been working on it and we’ve already found some tricks and things for it.”
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