Valtteri Bottas made an encouraging start to the Monaco Grand Prix weekend on Thursday, but after practice still said that there are 'always things we can do better'.

Bottas completed 31 laps in the morning, posting a 1m 19.494s effort in his Williams, which left him seventh on the timesheets, behind only the Mercedes', Red Bulls and Ferraris.

He was also quick in the disjointed second session as well, doing 9 more laps and again setting a 1m 19.4s lap, which this time put him fifth.

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"In the end [despite the weather] we got one run [at the end of FP2] and in FP1 we got a lot of running, so we still have a lot of data to look at tonight," he told reporters in Monte Carlo, including Crash.net.

"There are always things we can do better and especially here getting everything out of the tyres on the first timed lap that is going to be really important for qualifying."

"Today the first session was especially important because the weather was not so good in FP2 and Monaco is Monaco - you need a bit more laps to get use to it," he continued.

"I think the rain was a bit of a surprise [before FP2]. We didn't really expect it. But in the end it is the same for everyone. No one got any long runs done. We just need to try and get the most out of FP3 on Saturday now. But at least we got a lot of laps in FP1.

"I have to say now with these cars I really enjoy driving here."

Quizzed on what conditions he would prefer on race day, Bottas replied: "I hope it is dry on Sunday in the grand prix itself because I think we are maybe a bit more competitive in the dry still. In the end [though] it is what it is."