Valtteri Bottas is optimistic about Alfa Romeo’s performance after first day of the pre-season testing in Bahrain.

Alfa Romeo had limited running during the Barcelona testing due to frequent problems. However, on the first day of the Bahrain testing Bottas and Guanyu Zhou completed more than 100 laps. The Finn was happy with the updates his team had made.

“All the issues we had in Barcelona seems like they are now behind us. So that’s positive. To be able to do that in one week, and for the team to be able to do that in one week, it was crucial actually that we got those laps,” he said.

“We finally managed to do some set-up work, and actually finding out how the car responds and what it needs and how it behaves. And it was nice to feel and to see the progress throughout the day.”

Bottas also confirmed that porpoising was not a problem for Alfa Romeo anymore.

“Today, we had no issues. I’m pretty sure the whole grid is probably running the cars with a compromised set-up.

“But we are in a place now where it’s not an issue at all for comfort or for reliability. So that was quite positive.”

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