Bottas believes Williams can catch Red Bull
Valtteri Bottas believes it is possible that Williams can catch Red Bull Racing and take second in the constructors’ championship.
The Grove-based outfit is currently third in the standings, 67 points being the reigning world champions. However, after the team’s recent strong form, with Bottas finishing the last three races in the points, he thinks finishing in the runner-up spot is achievable for Williams.
“As a team, we definitely need to make sure we keep pulling a gap to the teams behind, now that we’re in a good position, from Ferrari in the constructors’ and we should not write-off trying to catch Red Bull also,” he said.
“It’s still a long season and if we score points with both cars, it could still at this point be possible.”
He added: “We’re always aiming for [victory]. This season it’s really, really difficult because of Mercedes being really strong: you know all the tracks but you never know what’s going to happen in the race.
“We know that for pure pace it’s difficult this season, but should still try and aim for that. We have some updates here, which should help on this track.
“It should be a reasonable amount of downforce; if they work well then we know the direction to push for. Last year, we kept bringing much more parts than this season. But the difference is that this season, all the parts we bring work.”
He admitted that the dramatic change in fortunes for the team after a disastrous 2013 campaign has come as quite a shock. “I have to say, last year if someone had told us we were going to be consistently on the podium, that would have been difficult to believe,” he explained.
“After last year, we knew that we were going in the right direction with all the changes that were happening and that we were going to improve, but maybe not this much.”
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