Valtteri Bottas is confident that Mercedes can respond to Formula 1 title rival Ferrari’s dominant display in Hungary before the summer break and fight back at Spa and Monza.

Mercedes saw its lead in the constructors’ championship shrink in Hungary as Sebastian Vettel led home Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen for a one-two finish.

The result ended a two-month win drought for Ferrari that appeared to see Mercedes jump ahead in the pecking order, but Bottas feels the upcoming low downforce tracks should suit the German marque’s W08 car.

“I really think at least the next two races, on paper, should be a bit better for us than for example here compared to Ferrari,” Bottas said.

“I think we’ve made some good progress. We definitely had work to do. They are quick through the corners.

“We need to work on that, we need to work on our maximum downforce package. So work to do.

“There are still many tracks to come that require a lot of downforce. Spa is more about efficiency, Monza is very low downforce, then Singapore is high downforce.

“We are really working hard on trying to get the car better because if we don’t make any progress, it’s going to be a tricky season for sure.”


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