Bottas: New cars, new driving style

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Valtteri Bottas has been forced to adapt his driving
style in order to get the most out of Formula 1’s new
generation of cars.

This season the sport has embraced a host of new aerodynamic
regulations, which have increased downforce and mechanical
grip.

Wider tyres and wings have led to faster cars with Kimi
Raikkonen’s pace-setting time from pre-season testing, a
1:18.634, 3.3s faster than Lewis Hamilton’s pole position time
from the 2016 Spanish GP.

“I’ve definitively needed to adapt some things to my driving
style, take slightly different lines and use slightly different
driving techniques,” Bottas told ESPN.

“It’s not just because it’s a different car with more grip.
Mechanically it behaves a bit differently, which takes a bit of
time if you want to get absolutely everything out of the car.

“But I feel I’ve learned massively, I feel I can extract more
and more about the car, but there’s still more to come, for
sure.”

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