The 27-year-old Finn snaped 324 laps of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya during his two days in the new Mercedes’ w08. Bottas made 57 laps more than Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who attained the second highest number. He also finished a lap in a staggering 1m 19.705s on day three, which happens to be the fastest lap any driver set during the four days run.
Bottas who drove for Williams previously in F1 replaced 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg at Mercedes following the German’s baffling retirement has assured team Mercedes that ‘they have the best’ on their side with this performance.
Later, Bottas said that during the two days of driving, he did the most amount of laps he has ever done, which is always very nice and very useful in this new era of F1. He admitted that it was a very good test overall, the best so far for him.
However, Bottas pondered that ‘Quick lap times’ do not have a special meaning because it’s only for testing and there’s no reward to that in reality. He said Mercedes weren’t particularly focusing on lap times this week – the priority all week was getting the mileage in and finding any issues with the new machine.
He concluded that for him it was important to get the mileage, so he was happy that he got to do plenty of running and at the same time was able to go through the test programme of the team. So he thinks overall it was a good week.
The second and final pre-season test kicks off in Barcelona on Tuesday.