Bottas: With the balance while there are difficultiesJune 22, 2019
Mercedes pilots completed the first day of the French Grand Prix in the two best positions, but have not yet been able to achieve the optimal balance. Especially great difficulties arose in Lewis Hamilton, who was mistaken in the second training session, spoiling the Soft suite.
Valtteri Bottas (1st): “In the morning everyone had difficulties – the track turned out to be much more slippery than usual. But the condition of the asphalt circle around the circle improved, especially in the corners. Despite the problems with the balance, the car was immediately fast, and it is always good.
Between the sessions we made adjustments, in the second training session I felt more comfortable, the lap time improved. It was quite hot, in the course of the weekend, the temperature will rise even higher, the tires will work at the limit, especially on Sunday. With the balance in the course of the circle there are difficulties, so in the evening you will need to study the collected data and see what we can improve by tomorrow. ”
Lewis Hamilton (2nd): “Today was very hot, but we completed most of the program. There were problems with the balance. Perhaps this is due to the new asphalt and high temperature – the route warmed up to 55 degrees. In general, the pace of the car is very good, just need to clarify the balance.
In the second training session I was not able to drive a good lap. The car brought a lot in the third turn, I managed to catch it, and then there was a small problem with the power plant, so I had to go back to the pits. The rest of the day went smoothly, without serious problems. “
Andrew Shovlin, chief race engineer: “An interesting day in terms of working with tires and a car. In all corners laid new asphalt, Soft tires from this heavily affected. The pace was not bad, but due to poor adhesion of the rear tires with asphalt with a balance of difficulty.
Between the sessions we made some adjustments to stabilize the car – both drivers felt that the situation had improved. Valtteri had a clean session, his pace with empty tanks turned out to be good, and with full ones it was stable. It turned out to be somewhat more difficult for Lews to deal with the balance, and he made a mistake during the attempt at Soft.
We were ready to continue working on this kit, but found misfiring and called the car into the boxes for investigation. After fixing the problem, we managed to leave again – on long series, the Lewis machine worked well. Tonight you need to understand how to improve the behavior of the back of the car, but it seems that the chassis behaves well here. In general, we are quite satisfied. ”