Williams Martini Racing’s Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas are confident that the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium will suit the FW36.
The Mercedes-powered car has typically performed well on tracks that require strong straight line speed and high aerodynamic efficiency, which are key characteristics for being competitive at the next round on the F1 calendar.
The Grove-based outfit has enjoyed a strong first part of the 2014 season, following a disastrous 2013, and is currently fourth in the constructors’ standings.
Both Williams drivers are expecting a strong showing at Spa-Francorchamps and are eager to get back to work after the summer break.
“I love Spa, it’s one of my favourite tracks because of the long straights and high speed corners, and it’s a track we all look forward to racing at,” said Massa.
“The long straights should suit our car and we can kick the second half of the season off with some success. I won here in 2008 and so I know what it takes to win. I have had a really nice summer break but am ready to get back to racing.
“We have some great tracks to look forward to and I hope we can carry on developing our car like we did the first half of the season, and continue to be near the front.”
Bottas, who has scored three podiums so far this season, added: “Spa is always a great place to go; it’s one of the best circuits in the world.
“The elevation changes and high speed corners make it a real pleasure to drive, especially in an F1 car. Because of the long straights and variable weather conditions races can be very interesting for the driver and for the fans.
“To be competitive in Spa you need a car with efficient aerodynamics, so we expect to be strong and are aiming for a good result. The break has been long so I am really looking forward to getting back in the car.”
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