Valtteri Bottas has praised Alfa Romeo's latest front wing upgrade after running it during Japanese Grand Prix practice on Friday. While the team couldn't fit as many sensors as they would normally for new parts to gather numbers due to the conditions, Bottas says it still felt like a step up on what they had previously. "We tried the new front wing that we planned for this weekend and it seemed to work as expected," explains Bottas to media. "it definitely gave us a bit of stability in the high speed [corners], that's what I felt which is what it needed to do. "Obviously we're missing like quite a bit of sensors because of the wet condition, so we can't like aero number wise measure that much, but feeling wise it was like it should be."
Alfa Romeo performed better in wet conditions at Suzuka
Bottas believes that while the wet conditions are not the best for Alfa Romeo, they performed a lot better at Suzuka after he managed to set the ninth fastest time in FP1 and eighth quickest time in FP2 on the Intermediate tyres. He added: "I think the car performed pretty well today, like at times in wet conditions we've been struggling a bit but today everything seemed actually to work okay. "We've got the tyres to work with this track [where] they can create quite a lot of energy and that way temperature, so that was a positive."