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“Something fundamentally wrong” at Mercedes – Marseille News

After two frustrating test sessions, Valtteri Bottas says Mercedes’ pace in Baku shows they have a serious problem.

Bottas finished his first morning practice session on the ninth, with teammate Lewis Hamilton seventh. The pair slid more into each other in the second practice session, and neither made the top 10, with Hamilton 11 and Bottas only 16.

Bottas said his car felt “a little bit better, maybe, in the long run, but we still lacked the speed that’s for sure.”

“So I think there is something fundamentally wrong and we have to find out what it is,” he added.

He admitted the team was having a “long night tonight” at engineering meetings to determine why they slowed by one second per lap of Red Bull.

Mercedes has arrived in Azerbaijan hoping to recover from a tough weekend in Monaco. But Bottas said Baku has so far been worse than expected.

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“It was more difficult, yes. It was not easy Monaco, but at least we were more or less there with qualification and now it looks like we are a little behind.

Photos: First day of training for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix“So it was a more difficult day than expected and we have to find out exactly why.”

Bottas said he could not yet pinpoint the reason for the inability to control. “Not yet, but we’ll find out.

“Honestly, the main thing is not to have a fist and there could be a lot of reasons for that. So at the moment, I don’t know. It’s not an easy day. And there’s a lot of work to do.”

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“It just feels like a general grip, and the balance isn’t too far off,” he added. “Okay, the car might be a bit unpredictable, but it feels like it’s lacking grip and it’s slipping.”

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