IN WORDS: Harder I Try, More I Struggle – Valtteri

IN WORDS: Harder I Try, More I Struggle – Valtteri

Valtteri Bottas admits he does not fancy his Singapore Grand Prix changes after qualifying sixth in a tough session for the Silver Arrows.

'Here there will always be opportunities'

Valtteri struggled to get to grips with his W08 on the twisty, high-dowforce Marina Bay Street Circuit, ending up 1.3s adrift of Sebastian Vettel's pacesetting Ferrari.

Mercedes had expected a tricky weekend in Singapore, and the Finn says he has been struggling for confidence with the car.

"The harder I try, then the more I struggle," explained Valtteri. "I needed to control the slides more than I wanted and then the pace is too slow.

"And if I tried to push harder than it would get even worse, so it's been a little bit of a confusing weekend so far for me. I have another day, another weekend, from which I really need to try and learn but let's see tomorrow.

"Here there will always be opportunities and even though we won't be starting from the first two rows of the grid, we shouldn't give up on trying to have a good race and trying to attack at least the Ferrari."

'Then we'll see and try to take every opportunity there is'

Valtteri says he will take a lap by lap approach to the race, but admits he isn't expecting any miracles.

"I have to say I'm not going into tomorrow with great confidence in my pace," said the Finn.

"I definitely learned lots from the long runs, we tried a lot of different things because, actually, my target was for much more laps than I actually did. I think we can actually do very long stints, that's maybe why the pace was quite slow.

"But still, at this point, I'm not going into tomorrow thinking I'm going to have massive pace advantage compared to the cars ahead. We just need to go lap by lap and I need to try everything I can, try to do things better than on Friday and today.

"Then we'll see and try to take every opportunity there is."

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