The Hinwil-based workforce has a restricted provide of the most recent upgrades and opted to not put them on the automobiles of Bottas and Zhou Guanyu on Friday in order to not threat sustaining any injury.
Bottas expects the upgraded spec automobile to be sooner on Saturday, and added that his finest lap in FP2 was spoiled by a lock-up, costing time that might have put him on the sting of the highest 10.
“I do not suppose it is the true image of the place we’re,” he advised Autosport. “The very fact is we do not essentially have all the very best bits on the automobile but. And likewise on my final lap, I used to be 4 tenths up, however then I had a lock-up, and I misplaced on a regular basis.
“So even with that I’d have been fairly a bit nearer. Plus any enhancements we are able to make for tomorrow. So it may be extraordinarily shut. We did various set-up adjustments right this moment, and in the direction of the top, it was getting a lot better.”
Concerning the brand new elements, he stated: “My understanding is that they’re right here, however we do not have too lots of them. So there’s all the time a threat in these road circuits. I imagine that can give us hopefully a little bit of a step. However we additionally want to seek out extra greater than that.
“I am certain we are able to do it, and I do know we are able to nonetheless enhance the set-up and every part. It is fairly a delicate monitor, however when you get the set-up proper, then you could find various laptime.”
Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo C42
Photograph by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images
The workforce underperformed within the final race in Monaco after arriving with excessive expectations, and Bottas says classes have been realized.
“Monaco as a road monitor positively wasn’t straightforward for our automobile,” he admitted. “However I feel we realized fairly a bit with the set-up. So if we are able to get every part proper for tomorrow, I am nonetheless optimistic we must always be capable of battle for a Q3 place.
“And I feel the race tempo, as all the time, needs to be okay. So I am nonetheless optimistic for the weekend.”
Zhou, who was simply 0.149s behind Bottas in sixteenth in FP2, agreed that the brand new elements will make a distinction.
“Clearly the end result wasn’t exhibiting in the previous few races,” he stated.
“However by way of the tempo, we positively caught up quite a bit in comparison with my workforce mate, we closed the hole. So it is good right this moment to see each classes we have been very shut collectively.
“And I feel right this moment the primary focus is that as a workforce, we have to simply discover some extra pace. I am fairly snug that we now have a couple of issues that we’ll placed on the automobile tomorrow which needs to be a good enchancment.”
Like Bottas, Zhou additionally acknowledged that the workforce had realized from its Monaco frustrations.
“It was a wrestle, however we kind of like found out what occurred after the weekend. Clearly it is too late. However however, this weekend is form of gradual pace corners once more. Clearly a unique format, totally different floor, however I used to be fairly snug within the automobile right this moment.
“There is a clear image of the place we have to enhance and that simply will acquire a lot extra pace. So if that matches for tomorrow we will be preventing once more with all of the others for this midfield group.”