Valtteri Bottas says that the Ferrari Formula 1 team was just “too quick” for Mercedes during Qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix, as the Italian team locked out the front row led by Sebastian Vettel.
Bottas out-qualified his team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who came to Budapest hoping to equal Michael Schumacher’s pole record, but couldn’t get within two tenths of the championship leaders Q3 time.
The Finn played down suggestions that Mercedes didn’t extract the most out of its F1 car, sticking to the fact that Ferrari beat Mercedes fair and square, and despite Hamilton getting the gap in the drivers’ championship down to just one point, it could be on course to extend during the Hungarian GP.
“All day Ferrari has been just too quick for us.” said Bottas, talking to Sky Sports F1 after Qualifying in Budapest.
“It felt like we got the most out of it more or less, but they were just quicker than us today.
“It shows we have work to do. We have tracks lie this which requires maximum downforce from the car and we seem to be struggling for one reason or another.”
Wolff: We would have been in the fight for pole position
Toto Wolff believes that the Mercedes Formula 1 team could have been in the fight for pole position in Budapest should it not have been for Hamilton’s mistake in qualifying.
“It started really bad. P3 was not good,” he says. “Lewis couldn’t get on with the car at all and Valtteri a little bit better, but not great.
“Through qualifying we improved and we would have been in the fight for pole position, but the mistake in the second last lap compromised Lewis’ last run. Looking at that time gap I’m actually OK.”