In the round-up: Valtteri Bottas identifies his qualifying performance as the area he most needed to improve on in Spain.

What they say

Bottas was beaten to pole position by four-hundredths of a second by team mate Lewis Hamilton:

I needed to be five-hundredths better, the weekend could’ve been different. It’s a track where qualifying is a big part of the end result. If you’re P3 or P1 it can really change the end result a lot.

Quotes: Dieter Rencken

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