Ferrari boosts engine for Spanish GP, trying to catch Mercedes

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Ferrari and the rest of the field could take a glimmer of hope from Bottas having to box for an apparent leak and Hamilton telling the team radio at one point that he was "struggling". We knew that we had the pace to score those points, but bad luck and events out of my control had prevented it until then.

"There are many things in this sport that can affect [results]", Bottas told a news conference in Barcelona. Bottas' lap was no flash in the pan, either, as the Finn led all three qualifying sessions.

Predictably, most of the teams will arrive in Spain with an array of updates for their cars that may make it more hard to predict performance, but Ferrari appear to have chosen to adopt a downbeat approach in advance.

The only big difference this weekend compared with others is the number of upgrades on the cars. Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton have led the German team to four one-two finishes to open the year, setting the record for the best start to an F1 season in history. So, could Friday's woes be solved with a better understanding of the data and some setup tweaks overnight?

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"So, it meant my cars that I was racing here were a bit better". "But this is a thing that can be fixed and also things that are not un-normal when you are putting new parts on the vehicle".

"So, we are trying to put the bits together and trying to understand". He secured the top spot at the Circuit de Catalunya with a commanding lap to deny his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, who was in second. "Car-wise we put everything on the vehicle that we expected and I think it's fair (to say) that we haven't been the quickest". What's more, Monaco is not a very power sensitive circuit, so the team could still use its original specification engine there to save mileage on the new power unit. "Obviously slow corners can be nasty because if you don't have a lot of grip you lose quite a lot of time".

As if to signal his intentions, Hamilton was first out for Q3, but it was Bottas who showed the way in 1:15.406 to take pole on his first run, six-tenths ahead of his Mercedes teammate. Bottas was much happier - something that was visible from the car's behaviour on track - and believes Mercedes has made a useful step from the last race two weeks ago.

I don't really feel this is the place to talk about it, but there are things that happen that you just don't know. Everything based on winter testing, this seemed to be a track that really suits them and since the practice, we saw yesterday that we were in good form.

"But we got through our programme and now we have lots of data to analyse to fine-tune the auto for tomorrow. If ever we part, it will be very positive, no drama".

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