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Valtteri Bottas

Bottas calls for vital Alfa Romeo change after 'messy' Spa

Belgium rounded off a disappointing first half of the season for Valtteri Bottas - who believes Alfa Romeo need to improve in one area.

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Valtteri Bottas has called on his Alfa Romeo team to improve operationally after a "messy" Belgian Grand Prix.

It proved a difficult weekend for Alfa at Spa-Francorchamps, with the high-speed track not suiting the car with Bottas 13th and 12th in the Sprint and main Grand Prix, respectively.

He did make places up from his grid spots of 17th and 13th, but it was a 10th point-less weekend of the season for the Finn, who identified that the team needs to sharpen up to be "perfect" to score points.

Bottas's change

"We need to analyse and reset over the break and come fresh into the second half [of the season]," Bottas told media including RacingNews365.

"We have an upgrade after the break and we're hoping that is going to give us a step forward, so we just need to reset and try again.

"There is something in the pipeline, but it depends so much on the other teams. If they can make steps, then it is going to be the same, but not many teams can bring something significant so hopefully we can be in the top 10 more regularly.

"This weekend, both of the Qualifying sessions were just messy, we didn't get the timings quite right.

"For sure, the car pace is important, but we also need to be operationally perfect if we want to score points."

Bottas has just five points to his name from the first 12 races of the season, with four of them coming from an eighth-place finish in the opening Bahrain Grand Prix, for his worst position since his rookie 2013 campaign when he did not score points until the United States.

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