Valtteri Bottas believes Williams’ turnaround in form this season owes a great deal to a better correlation between the factory and the updates being brought to the team’s 2014 car.
The Finn, who picked up his first podium finish of his career in Austria two weeks ago, is adamant that the fact that the updates and developments brought to the FW36 this year have worked first time out, in direct contrast to last year, has been a massive confidence boost for both him and the Grove-based team.
“That’s been a big difference over the year before,” he told RichlandF1 ahead of the British Grand Prix. “We have not been bringing any bad bits. Everything has been much better planned and organised.
“It’s always great when you bring stuff and it works right away and the wind tunnel correlates well with the track, that’s really important.
“Now we are getting the hang of it, that can only help in the future as well.”
“It is a much better feeling when you go into a race weekend with the chance of a strong result,” he added. “For sure it motivates the whole team in a completely different way. It is much better like this.”
The Finn admits that while beating the all-dominant Mercedes in a straight fight remains something of a longshot in 2014, he and the team remain confident that they can beat both Force India and old rivals Ferrari in the constructors’ championship.
“I think overall they [Mercedes] are still a lot stronger than us,” said the Finn. “Of course every race can be different, and different things can happen, but to catch them is really difficult and we need to aim for that in the future rather than this year.
“Red Bull at most of the tracks still seem to be a bit faster than us, and Mercedes are still far away. It’s really close and with every single bit we can improve, it s going to help a lot.
“We have been ahead of Force India and Ferrari so we really need to beat them in the constructors’ championship.”
Asked if he could add to his podium finish in Austria at the upcoming weekend’s British Grand Prix, Bottas replied: “In theory Silverstone will not be as good as Austria.
“This year it had been more difficult to predict how well the cars will behave because they are so different to last year, with the new engines and the new aero regulations.
“We still need to see where we are. But in theory it will be quite good.”
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