The Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas has shared his first impressions of driving W08 on the tests in Barcelona.
In the morning Finn drove 79 circles and showed the time, which allowed him to become sixth on the day.
“The morning went very well – quoted Bottas F1i. I have to admit that the car is significantly different from last year. It is felt that in connection with the new regulations, the load was increased, and the clamping force became greater.
In any case, it’s a completely different car compared to the Williams – the behavior is a little different. But it’s still a car with four wheels, an engine and a steering wheel!
Everything went smoothly. The beginning was very good. We don’t have any problems with the engine, car or aerodynamics. Everything was fine and we were able to focus on verification systems.
It was nice to feel the high downforce. I can say that I have never before had a chance to drive a car with so much downforce”.
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