Bottas unconcerned about possible FRIC ban

Bottas unconcerned about possible FRIC ban

1013LB1D8084 (1)Valtteri Bottas is not concerned about the possible ban of the FRIC systems for the German Grand Prix, saying that the teams ahead of Williams will be affected the most.

Earlier this week, AUTOSPORT reported that the FIA is set to ban the front-rear interconnected suspension systems as they are deemed to be in breach of the technical regulations. Unless the teams unanimously agree to postpone the ban until 2015, it will come into effect for next week’s race at the Hockenheim.

Speaking to reporters following yesterday’s test at Silverstone, Bottas explained how he is not concerned about any possible changes.

“Maybe some teams could be more affected than us I would say,” said the Finn. “We’ll see, I don’t really know what’s going to happen, we will see.

“What will be the decision, I think we’ll be okay with it. I don’t think it’s going to be key to the season or anything like that.”

Williams is currently enjoying a purple patch of form, with Bottas scoring back-to-back podiums in Austria and Great Britain. However, he still feels that the team trails Red Bull at the more technical circuits such as the Hungaroring in Budapest, which will host the Hungarian Grand Prix in three weeks’ time.

“For the moment, with the car we have now, I think still Budapest is going to be difficult to challenge them [Red Bull],” Bottas explained. “I think we are at the best on the long straights and Budapest is really missing those best bits for us.

“But if we can keep improving, if we can bring the updates we are planning for Budapest, then we might have a chance, but we have to see.”

Image courtesy of Octane Photographic.

 

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