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Bottas “still optimistic” about Alfa Romeo’s chances in Baku

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – 2022/05/27: Valtteri Bottas of Alfa Romeo F1 Team looks on before practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco. (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Valtteri Bottas is still optimistic about what Alfa Romeo can achieve at the upcoming Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

The Finnish driver struggled throughout the practice sessions on Friday but said the poor results are not representative of the team’s true standing.

“I don’t think it’s the true picture of where we are,” he told said. “The fact is we don’t necessarily have all the best bits on the car yet. And also on my last lap, I was four tenths up, but then I had a lock-up, and I lost all the time.

“So even with that I would have been quite a bit closer. Plus any improvements we can make for tomorrow. So it’s going to be extremely close. We did quite a lot of set-up changes today, and towards the end, it was getting much better.”

Bottas also admitted that the previous race at Monaco was a learning point for the team.

“Monaco as a street track definitely wasn’t easy for our car,” he admitted. “But I think we learned quite a bit with the set-up. So if we can get everything right for tomorrow, I’m still optimistic we should be able to fight for a Q3 position.

“And I think the race pace, as always, should be okay. So I’m still optimistic for the weekend.”

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