Bottas says he 'learned a few tricks' at test
|3.||C. Sainz Jr.||1:31.884|
19 April 2017 – Valtteri Bottas says he "learned a few tricks" during his additional running at the post-Bahrain Grand Prix test, as Mercedes continued its long-run evaluations.
Bottas claimed pole position for last weekend's race at the Sakhir circuit, just ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton, but Mercedes lost out to Ferrari in race-trim.
Hamilton stated that progress was made on the first test day, which he topped, and Bottas shared the Briton's sentiments after setting the pace on Wednesday.
Bottas racked up 143 laps, equivalent to around two-and-a-half race distances, en route to a time of 1:31.280, 0.005s faster than Hamilton managed on day one.
Bottas hit his impressive mileage total despite a stoppage just after 13:00 local time, which was due to a mechanical issue with the steering wheel.
"Today was very good; we got so much running done," said Bottas.
"We were focusing all-day on the long-run pace, which was a bit of a problem for us [during the Grand Prix] on Sunday compared to Ferrari.
"We did some interesting tests to try and improve both the tyre life and the race pace. We have definitely got plenty to analyse tonight.
"I think I learned a few tricks today as well.
"To stay here in Bahrain for a test after two back to back races is tough, but the guys have done a great job over these two days of testing."
Mercedes trails Ferrari by three points after the first three races of the season.