Bottas expects Williams to fight in the top six

Bottas expects Williams to fight in the top six

Valtteri Bottas is expecting Williams to challenge in the top six at this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix, which takes place at the Red Bull Ring.0942LB1D8668

The Finn has never driven the circuit but from his first impressions testing in the simulator and on the track walk, he thinks it could become one of his favourites.

“I think it is not the best for us, not as good as Canada, but definitely not the worst,” he said. “It should be in the mid-range, in theory, how good it is for us.

“But, in Barcelona we really thought we would struggle as we were missing some downforce and in the end we had quite a strong result. We do expect to fight in the top six, we know the Mercedes is out of reach.

“Red Bull could be a bit too strong here, I am afraid, but we should definitely be able to challenge Ferrari. It is going to be tight again, that is for sure.”

He added: “I think it is going to be one of the tracks I will really like, at least from the track walk and simulator running I have done. It is one of the old school tracks, is quite narrow and has a nice flow in some places. Looking forward, I think especially the hills and the cambers in the corners will make it quite interesting.”

Bottas also thinks there will be several strong opportunities to overtake in the race. He also revealed that Williams has only taken minor upgrades to this weekend’s race.

The 24-year-old was also asked for his views on the last-lap accident between Sergio Perez and his team-mate Felipe Massa at the last race in Canada.

“My view is that the penalty was given already and I do agree with the decision of the stewards,” he admitted. “I think you can see there was movement in the line from the car in front, I think for me it was quite clear.”

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Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie is a freelance motorsport and Formula 1 journalist. He has been part of the Richland F1 team since the very start and made his F1 paddock debut for the website at the 2014 Austrian Grand Prix. Jack also writes for Car Throttle, RumbleStripNews, Formula1Blog, PureF1 and F1 Plus, as well as running a popular blog.