Formula One: More problems for McLaren as Hamilton tops testing

Paola Ditto
Aprile 20, 2017

Bahrain Grand Prix victor Sebastian Vettel was also in action in his Ferrari, though on behalf of Pirelli rather than the Italian team.

Bottas not only lost out to race victor Sebastian Vettel but also Lewis Hamilton and was twice asked to move over for his Mercedes team-mate who showed superior pace. Hamilton lost a position to Vettel at the start, but his race really started to unravel when he received a five-second penalty for holding up Daniel Ricciardo in the pit lane under the Safety Car.

Over the years, nothing changes.

"I think in qualifying we may be slightly ahead, it depends on the circuit, but if we get an average from the last three races we are a bit better", Bottas said.

"Ferrari did a better job in Bahrain, so I'm leaving with a bit of a unusual feeling because I don't know why the pace was so poor". I don't know what to say, but that's not why we exist.

"Today was tricky with it being so hot and very gusty but we still managed to get through plenty of work", Hamilton, second to Vettel on Sunday, said. Then you see what we did in the race. I lost two tenths of a second from turn 10 to 11 in qualifying because the DRS did not engage.

The Finn had started on pole position, a career first, but tyre pressure problems at the start and a general lack of pace left the Finn struggling to challenge Vettel after the German had taken the lead. You practice and practice and practice and practice, but you only have 20 opportunities at this this year and when you f-- up it's painful.

"As a racing driver it's maybe the worst thing you want to hear".

"That is the interesting question that we need to analyse at the moment", he added. "But today there were certain things that, if they were flawless, I would have been in a much better position to fight for the win and I didn't put myself in that position".

"A odd race for me missing so much pace".

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