Valtteri Bottas finally had a smooth first day of the weekend, after many difficult Fridays. The Alfa Romeo F1 driver is happy to be back in Monza and hopes to have a good weekend there.
“It feels good to be here, it’s a good track, and it’s even better because the car looked really good today, better than what we had in the last race, so it’s promising for Sunday.” Bottas said.
The fact that his mechanics worked on the car during the test was not related to the problem: “Nothing to worry too much, we still have details of the arrangements to learn, but not far. We should not change everything, we will just try to get any small advantage.”
With 15 penalty spots, he hopes to get back into the race: “The pace was good, I think the pace will be better than where you start, and at this circuit it should be easy to come back.”
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Guanyu Zhou had a busy day but is also hoping for progress over the weekend, and especially compared to previous races: “It was intense, and at the same time very special, it’s the team’s home race, and we hope to have an even better weekend than the last race.”
“It was better than Zandvoort, we had competition from the start which was good to see. And on the other hand it’s very tight, the second tenth can decide if you go to Q2 or Q3.”
The Chinese hope to take advantage of grid penalties to start from the top 10 and aim for points: “It could be a tough day tomorrow, the session was difficult with several sets of tires and red flags, but I’m very satisfied so far.”
“We can be in a good window on Sunday, which I wanted to see, because at Spa I was one of the guys with a penalty and I could start in the top 10. We have to have a good qualifying before those who don’t have a penalty and fight from there.”