After a robust begin to the 2022 season, Valtteri Bottas is trying to preserve his constant qualifying performances going into the Australian Grand Prix.
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Valtteri Bottas is eager not to surrender on his run of Q3 appearances in 2022 as qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix approaches.
The Finn has had a robust begin to his debut marketing campaign with Alfa Romeo, having lined up P6 on the grid on the season-opening race in Bahrain earlier than claiming a beginning place of eighth for the Saudi Arabian occasion one week later.
Having achieved this, Bottas sees no purpose why his prime 10 qualifying sample can’t proceed in Melbourne.
“I believe I have to maintain my Q3 streak going!” Bottas stated after Friday’s Free Apply periods at Albert Park.
“I do not need to hand over on that, so yeah, that needs to be the aim. I believe it is sensible, nevertheless it’s so shut stepping into [the] prime 10, however I imagine we have now the automotive to do it if we set it up proper.”
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Bottas ended the primary of Friday’s observe periods in P10 on the timesheets, earlier than shifting as much as seventh within the second hour’s operating.
The ten-time race winner was left feeling constructive about what the workforce had discovered on the finish of the day, notably by way of which tyre compounds are proving only.
“The tyres, I believe they work just about like we thought they’d right here,” Bottas defined.
“So, already with the Medium compound, there is a little bit of a warm-up section, so it takes a couple of laps to get the tyre to work. The Mushy tyre works instantly, as anticipated, so nothing new.
“We did not actually undergo with any graining within the lengthy runs, in order that’s constructive.”
The main focus for Bottas will now be on perfecting the automotive’s set-up forward of Saturday.
“[We] have to fine-tune the set-up,” he added.
“Attempt to discover a bit extra stability in high-speed, after which simply ship it!”