Williams aiming to be the second fastest team – Bottas
Valtteri Bottas says Williams is aiming to consistently have the second fastest car on the F1 grid, following his strong performances in Austria and Britain.
The Finn finished third at the Red Bull Ring after starting on the front row, behind his team-mate Felipe Massa, before moving up one step on the podium and taking the chequered flag at Silverstone in second place.
He also said the Grove-based outfit is aiming to move ahead of Red Bull and Ferrari in the constructors’ championship. Currently Williams is fourth in the standings, 65 points behind the former and three behind the latter.
“Approaching the weekend and being realistic, it is very difficult to fight for the win,” he said in the Hockenheimring paddock. “Mercedes is still quite a bit ahead, even though whatever is going to happen with the FRIC, but they are still going to be ahead.
“Our aim is to move up in the constructors’, we need to be aiming to beat Red Bull and Ferrari. We have seen that we have the second fastest car at some tracks; we need to aim to be consistently there this season.”
Bottas admitted that it is tough to predict whether the loss of the FRIC suspension system will benefit Williams. “It is difficult to say really. You never really know exactly how developed the systems of the others’ are and they are complicated systems.
“Our guess is that some of the big teams will have more developed systems than us, so that suggests that for us there will be less penalty than some others, but it is difficult to say with lap time. It is difficult to predict in detail.”
Overtaking at Silverstone is typically difficult, but Bottas managed to move through the field from a poor grid position. He believes it will be much easier to pass at the Hockenheimring this weekend, particularly with the two DRS zones.
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