Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff said that his protege Valtteri Bottas could win the pole position in Sochi qualifying, where Ferrari was able to drive the Mercedes with the first starting number.
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“Even if we are with Ferrari ahead of the entire peloton, today’s result showed that we still need to define precisely the working range of settings, explained Toto. – We have made progress in comparison with yesterday, and eventually the three leaders were separated by just one tenth of a second.
If not for the mistake in the final sector, Valtteri could qualify on pole. Lewis was not happy with the car, but for good result you need is to feel my car.
So, tomorrow we will start from the second row, and our task is to think only about what we can achieve in the race. Maybe we’ll get something to come up, to hunt for victory.”
Mercedes technical Director James Allison added: “it is Unpleasant when deprived of leadership, and even with such a small gap. After Friday’s problems, we have done a good job and finally were able to significantly add in comparison with competitors and, in particular, with Ferrari.
But these efforts were not enough to be in the starting lineup. Today we will prepare for the race, where we will try to achieve high results in equal conditions with the others”.
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