Latest News

Tuesday, 20 June 2017
Porsche to attend F1 engine meeting, Austria GP
Bottas wants 'long term' Mercedes deal
Vettel defends social media absence
Tyre management not among McLaren's problems
Carey 'proud' to revive European F1 races
Monday, 19 June 2017
New Chinese F1 team rumours gain speed - report
Honda to deliver engine upgrade in Baku - report
Whiting gives Imola F1 circuit approval
Rumour - Williams key to McLaren-Honda split?
No Le Mans clash under Chase Carey's watch
Rosberg hits back at Wolff, Hamilton reports
Friday, 16 June 2017
'Zero tension' with Alonso - Zak Brown
Agag wants Ferrari in Formula E
Only 'the name' the same at McLaren - de la Rosa
Alonso 'should leave' if not enjoying F1 - Massa
Engineer says Magnussen like Raikkonen
Thursday, 15 June 2017
Red Bull drivers 'cannot end contracts' - Marko
Mercedes closing up on Ferrari - Bottas
Force India considers name change - report
F1 will never go all-electric - Todt
Broadcaster says F1 'humming' once again
Honda lagging behind in simulation - Cuquerella
Wolff backtracks after Rosberg return comments
More Kubica tests 'possible' - Renault
Palmer 'under pressure' to deliver - Abiteboul
F1 to start testing 'Shield' next month
Wednesday, 14 June 2017
Ferrari not ready to talk 2018 contracts
Honda admits 'test bench' problem
Still 'too early' for contract talk - Bottas
Palmer has 'no explanation' amid rumours
Tuesday, 13 June 2017
Verstappen worried about Red Bull for 2018
Bottas 'much better' teammate than Rosberg - Hamilton
Father, Williams say Stroll deserves F1 seat
Rosberg rejects F1 comeback talk
Michael Douglas tips Alonso to quit F1

News

Mercedes closing up on Ferrari - Bottas
2017-06-15

Jun.15 (GMM) Mercedes is closing up on Ferrari in terms of managing Pirelli's 2017 tyres.

That is the claim of Valtteri Bottas, who finished second to his teammate Lewis Hamilton in Montreal.

That is despite the fact Ferrari utterly dominated just one race earlier in Monaco, after more consistently getting the most from Pirelli's tyres so far this year.

"Our Mercedes is a very sensitive car," Finn Bottas admitted to Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"But if we find the right setup it is really fast -- the difficulty is just finding that setup.

"Ferrari is really strong and has been better than us in managing the tyres, but we are improving as we saw in Montreal," Bottas added.

As for his personal performance in 2017, and amid speculation Mercedes may extend his current contract into 2018, Bottas confirmed he has settled in well.

"I will try to fight with Lewis at every track, and trying to beat him is a great motivation, but he's not an easy teammate," he said.

"Next there is Baku which I think will suit me. My goal is always to win races and one day the title, but it's really important for me to be consistent for the team," Bottas added.