No one was able to stop Valtteri Bottas on the Friday of the Formula One Russian Grand Prix. Only teammate Lewis Hamilton could get really close to Mercedes’ Finnish driver in the second practice, but the British disadvantage was still a good two-tenths of a second. Seeing the form so far, the other drivers can fight for third place at most: Daniel Ricciardo’s disadvantage was already over a second with Renault.
Bottas, looking forward to the sequel, expects it to be even faster. “There was a problem with the rear of the car, especially in low-fuel laps. We still have work to do in this area, ”said the Finn, who reaped his first victory in Sochi in 2017.
“I’ve driven much more in rally style than in F1 style, and I’m not sure this is the fastest mode here,” joked Bottas, who turned a little wide in his fastest lap on the bend in the finish line. “There’s a lot of time left on the table, we can still win a lot. The conditions were quite tricky, which is why many people made mistakes, ”the eight-time race winner referred to the events of the first training session.