Mercedes driver, Valterri Bottas, secured P2 at the Styrian GP and has said that McLaren and Lando Norris’s pace was surprising.
Bottas during the post-race press conference admitted they’ve had their struggles at the Styrian GP, despite this, he was positive about the pace they will have at the next Grand Prix at Silverstone. He explained that the car has a big upgrade coming for the weekend and feels the W12 will be much more competitive at a track like Silverstone with fast corners.
“It’s a challenge but we’ve been racing on the same track for two weeks and it is clear Red Bull is faster here. But it could be different on some other tracks. I think this track suits their car pretty well, but they’re not slow anywhere else. Silverstone is completely different.”
“There are a lot more high-speed corners and so, we’ll see. We have something planned in terms of new bits for Silverstone.
“I think after that it will be quiet in terms of new parts but we’ll keep pushing as hard as we can but we know it’s going to be tough.”
Bottas and Norris had a tight battle at the Red Bull Ring. In their first stint, Bottas was trying to catch Norris to help secure a podium for the team. Unlike last weekend, Norris was able to hold Bottas off. Forcing Mercedes to pit Bottas while the young Briton served his time penalty for his incident with Sergio Perez.
Bottas, in conversation with the media, commended Mclaren’s pace on track: “I think McLaren made a good step. They were definitely putting some pressure on us in the end and it was quite surprising considering there were quite a few tenths of pace difference last week.”
“So, I don’t know, maybe Lando can tell me later what they found from the week before, and then we can improve. We really had to fight to get the place.”