Bottas expresses satisfaction with Alfa Romeo’s pace in Australia: “Target is Q3”

Bottas expresses satisfaction with Alfa Romeo’s pace in Australia: “Target is Q3”

Alfa Romeo ended the F1 Australian GP free practice day in high spirits. This Friday (8), with Zhou Guanyu highlighting that he was learning the track, Valtteri Bottas is already aiming to compete for Q3 in the standings.

Finns had reason to celebrate opening weekend activities. After all, the competitor finished the day in seventh place on the time sheet, ahead of drivers such as the McLaren and Mercedes duo.

“I’m very happy about where we are and I think we have a real chance to get into Q3 – I don’t want to give up on that. This is our goal, if we had the right set-up today, we should fight for the top 10,” said Bottas.

“We were able to run laps with different tires and the behavior reflects what we expected, so we are confident that we will be able to use them. I didn’t suffer too much from being humiliated, which is a good thing. In general, I’m satisfied, I also liked the new layout, it’s fast, overclocking should be easy, but not too much. They did a good job,” he continued.

The young Chinese is already driving for the first time in Australia, and still with a modified route. So he has an extra challenge in GP, ​​but he always enjoys it. “The first impression with this track was impressive, maybe not what I expected. I did a lot of laps in the simulator, but it’s only when you’re here that you realize how close you are to the grass and how tight the track is.”

“It’s a tough track, but I’m enjoying it, it’s good to drive and I’m speeding up. I’m still learning about the car, the mechanics, how to get the most out of everything at the weekend, and learning a new circuit is difficult, but I’m enjoying it.”

“Our speed seems competitive, I have hope for tomorrow. We still have some work to do with the engineers, so hopefully we’ll get something right away. If we get the rotation right, we should be in a good place.”