Valtteri Bottas hoping for improved weather in Macau

Valtteri Bottas is keeping his fingers crossed that the weather improves for the rest of the Macau Grand Prix weekend, after a late arrival from the Formula 1 test in Abu Dhabi has left him behind his rivals in the wet

Valtteri Bottas hoping for improved weather in Macau

Bottas missed his original plane from Abu Dhabi, and then endured a delayed ferry from Hong Kong, to only just get to the Macau track in time for the rain-hit first qualifying session.

And after struggling to get a good set-up in the limited time available, Bottas is hoping that it remains dry from now on - so everyone is put on a level playing field.

"Yeah, I really hope it will get dry, because that will help me," he explained. "I lost quite a bit of track time today and, if it is wet tomorrow in qualifying, it is maybe not so good,

"If conditions are slower then it will be bad for us as qualifying was not too good for me. We still had the car in the dry set-up and I was struggling to get the speed, struggling with traffic, and struggling with tyre temperatures. I didn't really get any of the rhythm.

"So if it dries that will be a help. I have raced here in 2009 and 2010, so I hope that experience can help me now."

Bottas revealed just how late he arrived in Macau after his Williams test this week - having been forced to dash from the ferry terminal to the track.

"I missed the first flight [from Abu Dhabi] by a couple of minutes," he said. "I actually ran from the ferry, got changed and jumped in the car. It was during the session actually, as I heard the engines going while I was running."

Despite a difficult first day, Bottas remains confident that he can deliver victory for Double R Racing this weekend.

"We have the package for that, I really think so," he said. "Tomorrow is a new day!"

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