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Bottas doubts hot weather will affect Ferrari PU reliability

Valtteri Bottas at the Austrian GP. Credits: @OsOfficialF1 (Twitter).

Valtteri Bottas thinks that high temperatures at the French GP will not make a negative impact on Ferrari power units.

Ferrari as well as customer teams Alfa Romeo and Haas encountered issues related to the power unit reliability throughout the season.

Weather forecast shows that air temperatures at the Circuit Paul Ricard will go over 30 degrees Celsius, which may be an additional challenge for power units. However, Bottas does not think that weather will affect Ferrari engines.

“We haven’t seen anything that relates to the heat. We’ve had cooling issues, but that’s been normally a leak in the cooling system – so it would be a problem when it’s cold or hot,” he said.

“So we haven’t seen any proof that the heat would actually be a big concern. We feel like we have margin in the cooling and stuff and those issues, for now, feels like they’re sorted.”

Bottas also revealed that Alfa Romeo had cooperated with Ferrari to address the problems.

“We’ve been working as a team with Ferrari really closely, because also there’s been issues that are not related to Sauber as such. There’s been issues that sometimes has been from Ferrari. So it’s been both sides, really.”

Furthermore, the Finn confirmed that Alfa Romeo made an improvement in terms of reliability.

“We’re making progress, for sure. I think we’re on top of many things, much better than we were at the beginning of the season.

“We don’t still have 100% confidence, because we have had so many issues, but for a long time the number one priority in the post-race meetings has been reliability and attacking and identifying issues before they happen. So we’re doing everything we can with the resources we have.”


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