"It is a better vehicle than what we had in Russia", Bottas said.
Valtteri Bottas has played down Mercedes' apparent performance advantage over Ferrari following free practice for the Spanish Grand Prix, insisting the visually striking updates on the W08 translate to important but otherwise minimal gains.
Bottas's 2014-16 Williams team-mate Massa believes Sebastian Vettel is already clearly established as the sole championship contender at Ferrari, and that this could force Mercedes to put its resources behind Hamilton unless Bottas makes an immediate case for his own title potential. "So, no different for me, I've just got to do a better job".
"My intention or first priority is to race next year here, and not only to race, I want to win", said Alonso, 35. We have grown from experience, of having won with a fast vehicle and a auto that struggled in so many areas.
Red Bull's Max Verstappen was fifth, just 0.250secs behind Raikkonen at the Circuit de Catalunya. "It is all very marginal with tyre compounds, interaction with the track, the surface of the track and the track temperature itself".
Honda have a small upgrade on the engine for this weekend but said the one he was using had previously run in Australia and China and in Bahrain until qualifying. "We just need to tune it and this is an exciting exercise".
"I had a very short glimpse and everybody was struggling with the conditions". Fluid was seen leaking from the bottom of his vehicle when it returned to the pits and he completed just 10 laps on the hard tyres.
"Ferrari came out of the winter with a good auto and it seems to suit Sebastian a lot".
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Though from past seasons, Force India, who are now occupying fourth place in the constructors championship, have been the team to succeed with radical upgrades while the others tend to fade away.
Asked by SSNHQ if he was anxious he and Bottas could split victories between them over the season at the expense of the drivers' title, Hamilton said: "It inevitably does when you have equal opportunity at the team". We seem to be in a good position right now and the auto appears to be working well at each race.
The top 10 were: Hamilton, Bottas, Raikkonen, Vettel, Verstappen, Ricciardo, Magnussen (who pulled off the track in the closing minutes), Grosjean, Hulkenberg and Sainz.
CNBC and NBCSN are sharing the Formula 1 coverage from Barcelona, Spain, this weekend.
"It makes us try harder. So, we are taking this season one race at a time".
The fight for the championship could get even tighter as F1 returns to Europe this weekend for the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona, where Red Bull is expected to get a big jump with new upgrades.
After failing to start in Russian Federation, he is just hoping his revised McLaren will be on the grid to take part in his home race this Sunday.