Valtteri Bottas says there is still more to come from Williams’ package despite a ‘good’ opening day of practice in Bahrain.
Bottas ended the day fifth fastest, just five thousandths of a second shy of Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari, and says Williams is looking good for qualifying if it continues its steady progress.
“It has been a good Friday,” he said. “The car feels good but it’s only Friday so it is hard to compare us against our competitors.
“We are still focusing on tyre performance in a race situation and have made progress, especially with the option tyre, although I think there is a bit more performance to find.
“We look quite strong for qualifying, but the race pace is important and we need to work hard tonight on this area.
Felipe Massa was just tenth on the timesheets in the evening, but says Bottas has proved the FW37 has good pace in Sakhir.
“I struggled with the balance of the car today but the team have shown there is good pace,” he said.
“We need to work hard tonight and make the right changes to get the car balance right, and then show the pace that Valtteri has shown today.
“We have also been working on tyre performance and have certainly made steps in the right direction.”
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