Bottas hopes Mercedes can recover time after “not ideal” start

Bottas was handed the first run-out in Mercedes’ new W12 car on Friday morning, but was limited to just six laps through the early session after a gearshift issue forced the team into a gearbox change.
Teammate Lewis Hamilton took over in the car for the afternoon, but managed just 42 laps as he struggled in low-grip conditions following a sandstorm, going off-track a number of times.
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