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2017-03-06 10:05

DEDICATED TO THE JOB: Valtteri Bottas is eager to make an impression on the 2017 F1 season. Image: AFP / Oli Scarff

Spain - Valtteri Bottas has played down the significance of ending the week as the 'champion' of Barcelona testing.

The Mercedes newcomer clocked the fastest lap over the four days of the first pre-season test, despite switching at the last minute from Williams.

'No special meaning'

Asked if that 'win' means anything, Bottas responded: "This has no special meaning for me. We are here to test so there are no prizes. For me it was extremely important to get as much driving as possible, so it was a good week for me."

However, 27-year-old Bottas said the difficulty of the Mercedes switch - having spent his entire career to date at Williams - caught him by surprise.

He said: "The team change was a bigger deal than I thought. It will still take some time, because the team is much bigger than Williams.

"But I came to the track, looked forward to breakfast and everything felt normal - as though I had been here for a while. That was a nice feeling."

READ: Vettel and Bottas impress as F1 testing begins

Bottas was not only the fastest driver overall in Barcelona, but also the one who did the most laps.

Asked if that is important, he agreed: "Very important. Because every lap, every minute, in my new team is important. This was my goal for the first test and we achieved that."

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