Bottas endured a irritating weekend in Baku after his tempo fully vanished from Saturday onwards. Within the race, he was a sitting duck, ending a lapped 11th whereas team-mate Zhou Guanyu was on the right track for factors till he retired with a technical situation.
On Friday, Bottas completed one tenth forward of Zhou in every follow session. After swapping to Alfa’s new specification on Saturday morning, the Finn was all of the sudden seven tenths slower than the Chinese language rookie in FP3 and Q1, and 6 tenths behind in Q2 because the pair certified 14th and 15th.
Bottas stated he was at a loss to clarify why his weekend went down the drain, however is satisfied a elementary situation with among the new elements he switched to is behind his disappearing tempo.
“I want I knew, it nearly seems like one thing is basically fallacious as a result of we have been so off the anticipated lap occasions and tempo, even Williams have been quicker than us on the finish of the race which isn’t the place our automobile needs to be,” Bottas stated when quizzed by Autosport on his lack of tempo.
“We modified from the previous package deal to the brand new package deal for Saturday, and since then the difficulty began with the behaviour of the automobile. We’ll take a look, I am fairly satisfied we’ll discover one thing.
“From Friday to Saturday, it simply felt like we misplaced rear grip, which is a bit unusual as a result of with the elements we modified it ought to have been rising the rear finish. So we have to discover out what’s gone fallacious.
“I had no probability to match Zhou’s lap occasions at present, he was in one other league, nearly one second quicker which for me is kind of unusual.”
Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo
Photograph by: Alfa Romeo
Alfa Romeo’s head of trackside engineering Xevi Pujolar defined that each Bottas and Zhou ran the very same configuration from Saturday onwards after the Hinwil workforce had accomplished Friday with a earlier spec as a precaution, which strengthened the concept that there was an underlying situation on Bottas’ automobile.
“Since Saturday we began to have some query marks on Valtteri’s automobile,” Pujolar defined.
“And at present it was clear that one thing is fallacious. We have to perceive what it’s in the intervening time, however we are able to see that one thing shouldn’t be proper.
“Each vehicles are actually the identical configuration, I might say it is the identical set-up, every part was the identical. There’s one thing that not working as anticipated.”
With a brief turnaround to this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, Pujolar stated the workforce will attempt to change as many elements as potential to search out the foundation trigger because it would not have time to pour over every particular person half.
“In all probability what’s going to occur is that we’ll have to vary as a lot as potential to repair the issue, however that is the limitation we’ve received in such a fast turnaround,” he added.
“So, we’ll simply attempt to change as a lot as potential to guarantee that we begin again to with our regular or anticipated efficiency.”