Valtteri Bottas: ‘We’re not too far from where we want to be’

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Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN had a trouble-free first day at Italian Grand Prixin the FIA Formula 1 World Championship. Before the start of the first session, the atmosphere in the paddock was somewhat gloomy, following the announcement Thursday of the death of the British monarch. Ten minutes before Free Practice 1, Formula 1 staff lined up in the pit lane, to observe a minute’s silence in memory of Queen Elizabeth II as a sign of respect.

Guanyu-Zhou and Valtteri Bottas both completed a good number of laps in both sessions and collected crucial data that the engineers can use in preparation for tomorrow’s qualifying session.

Bottas was pleased with the team’s promising progress after finishing the day in thirteenth position, but admits the car is capable of being further up the grid.

“It was good to be there, it’s a nice track to drive and it’s even better when the car feels good like today. Pace-wise we seem to be doing better than in the last two events, so it’s promising for Sunday.

“There are still some adjustments to be made, but I think we are not too far from where we want to be, and we will be looking for all the small gains we can get tonight.

“Our pace seems better than where we are going to start from, because of the penalties, and I think here we can overtake and gain places. Hopefully we can end our drought in terms of points and get back into the top ten.

Guanyu Zhou – “It was super tight again today”

Zhou finished twelfth in both practice sessions on Friday and is looking to build on the progress made by the Swiss team. Zhou hasn’t scored any points since the canadian grand prizeand he hopes to improve his form as he seeks to secure a place in Formula 1 next season.

“We seemed to be quite competitive from the start, which was nice to see, and I can say the car was much better than last week at Zandvoort.

“I’m quite happy with the progress we’re making, but we know we have to keep working hard. All in all it was once again very close today, and at a track like Monza that means two tenths could be the difference between Q2 and Q3.

“Tomorrow’s qualifying will be intense, and we still have to work hard overnight to put ourselves in the best condition for tomorrow.”

Credit: Antonin Vincent / DPPI
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