F1 2019 Spanish Grand Prix: Bottas Tops Time Sheets On Friday

f1chronicle-2019 Spanish Grand Prix, Friday - Valtteri Bottas

With several upgrades to their car for the 2019 Spanish Grand Prix, Mercedes AMG F1 have flown out the blocks, with Valtteri Bottas topping the timesheets in both FP1 and FP2.

Valtteri Bottas 

“It’s always an interesting day when you’re bringing new parts to the car to get a feel for it and see if they bring the performance they should. The car felt really good today, completely different to how it was in winter testing, and it seems like our cornering performance has improved. The balance around the lap is also better, so it looks like we’ve taken the right direction since the winter. Today was good, but it’s only Friday and Ferrari are very close. It feels like we’ve made a good step forward, but we need to wait and see what tomorrow holds.” 

Reigning champion Lewis Hamilton finished P4 in the first session, and P2 in the second session.

Lewis Hamilton 

“It was quite windy on track today and it was a bit tricky with the grip levels on the three different tyres, but we got through our programme and now have lots of data to analyse tonight and then fine-tune the car for tomorrow. Everyone worked really hard to bring the new package here and a huge amount of effort has gone into it. It seems like it’s working, but it’s hard to feel it because this track is so different to the streets of Baku. We’ve got work to do with the balance, but it’s been positive for us to be out there.” 

2019 Spanish Grand Prix, Friday - Lewis Hamilton
2019 Spanish Grand Prix, Friday – Lewis Hamilton


Andrew Shovlin 

“It’s no secret that we weren’t very strong at the tests here in winter so we’re happy to have shown reasonable pace on short and long runs today. Valtteri has found the car a bit easier to work with today than Lewis but on both, there’s a few corners where it isn’t as together as we’d like and it’s making it a bit of a handful at time. We had an oil leak on Valtteri’s car in the first session which stopped us before he could do the long run at the end of the session. Fortunately, it doesn’t look to have caused any damage and we were able to get back out at the start of the second session. We also had quite a few new bits on the car here, so we’ll also be checking the data from those this evening to confirm it’s all functioning as expected.” 

Leave a Comment

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Recommended For You

2021 Spanish Grand Prix, Sunday - Lewis Hamilton & Max Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton ‘I Love This Battle We’re Having’

It was an incredible race weekend for Lewis Hamilton, who ...
2021 Spanish Grand Prix Tyre Performance Analysis

2021 Spanish Grand Prix Tyre Performance Analysis

2021 Spanish Grand Prix Tyre Performance Analysis: Mercedes driver Lewis ...
Formula 1 Podcast | Grid Talk ep 104 | 2021 Spanish Grand Prix Review

Formula 1 Grid Talk Episode 104: 2021 Spanish Grand Prix Review

Welcome to Episode 104 of our Formula 1 podcast, Grid ...

2021 Spanish Grand Prix: Qualifying Tyre Analysis

The 66-lap Spanish Grand Prix is likely to be a ...

More in News

2021 Russian Grand Prix, Friday - Valtteri Bottas (image courtesy Mercedes-AMG Petronas)

Valtteri Bottas Flying On Day 1 In Russia

It was a strong Friday showing for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas ...
SOCHI, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 24: Pierre Gasly of France driving the (10) Scuderia AlphaTauri AT02 Honda during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on September 24, 2021 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202109240342 // Usage for editorial use only //

Pierre Gasly Third Fastest On Opening Day At Sochi

With Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc set to start at ...
SOCHI, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 24: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on September 24, 2021 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202109240101 // Usage for editorial use only //

Max Verstappen Takes Engine Penalty, Set To Start At Back Of The Field

Max Verstappen has changed his engine ahead of the FORMULA ...
2021 Russian Grand Prix Friday Tyre Analysis

2021 Russian Grand Prix: Friday Tyre Analysis

2021 Russian Grand Prix: Friday Tyre Analysis - Valtteri Bottas ...
FTX will be displayed on both the Mercedes car and driver apparel

FTX and Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Announce Long-Term Partnership

FTX Trading Limited ("FTX" or "the Company"), a leading global ...

Trending on F1 Chronicle