Bottas: Ferrari ‘just too quick’ for Mercedes


Valtteri Bottas has said there is "work to do" for Mercedes after the Silver Arrows were locked out of the front row by Ferrari.

Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will start from P1 and P2 respectively in Sunday's race, with the Finn out-qualifying his team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who both fill out the second row.

"Ferrari have been quick all weekend," Bottas said in the post-qualifying interviews.

"We knew qualifying would be close and they'd be tough to beat and they had the upper hand today.

"They've clearly got everything right for this track and we've still got work to do for tracks like this. But let's see tomorrow.

"Clearly we are not performing as we want here. But it will be a long race and anything is possible."

"All day Ferrari has been just too quick for us."

"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 like this which requires maximum downforce from the car and we seem to be struggling for one reason or another."