Bottas says 'B'-spec Mercedes is better

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But although Mercedes' Finnish star Valtteri Bottas admits that his latest 2019-spec W10 is far from flawless, having spent the last two weeks sampling it in Barcelona pre-season testing, he isn't expecting it to be quite as precocious as its 2017 ancestor this season.

"It is better. But if it's enough, that is the big question mark", Bottas told the media in Barcelona.

"I feel with the regulation change even though it's not massive, [because of] how complex the cars are aerodynamically from the start of the season to the end of the year we're going to see bigger improvements from each team compared to last year".

"But we definitely feel that we haven't unlocked everything that there is to unlock".

"We are learning massively every day, I feel like it's been a good step, every time I get back in the vehicle it gets better".

"(Ferrari) still seem strong.

"Now it is closer to where it should be, but it is still not the way we need it for the first race". It's as always: From testing to Melbourne a lot of things can change, but they do have a strong package. Honestly the whole field looks like it's a bit tighter than last year or the year before, but it's only guessing.

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With Lewis Hamilton referencing "hurdles" that Mercedes needs to overcome, Bottas agrees that the team has some specific problems that are now being addressed.

According to Auto Motor und Sport, their new vehicle has brought back diva-like traits similar to that of their 2017 vehicle.

"We've been able to improve the overall grip, downforce and stability, but in those areas that I've mentioned we can still do better".

"We've learned massively every day, I feel it has been a good step every time I jump in the vehicle - it always feels better".

"I have faith in the team". Again, it's all about hard work and working together as a team for that.

"If it's going to be enough to win races that's completely unknown at this point, time will show".

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