Valtteri Bottas has explained how he believes that Williams have not yet reached their peak, with the Grove-based outfit enjoying a resurgent 2014 season with Mercedes power. So far both Bottas and Massa have excelled, with the Finn in particular raising many eyebrows within the paddock.
With speculation ripe within the Formula One paddock regarding the future of Bottas due to his continued progression, with three consecutive podium finishes at Austria, Britain and Germany, the former GP3 Champion has expressed a desire to stay with Williams with the outfit apparently yet to reach their peak in the sport.
“I really feel this team is not at it’s peak yet,” explained Valtteri Bottas to the media ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix. “I really think that the way it is now the team can be better than what we’ve seen this year. So that’s why I am really confident with my continuation here at Williams.”
With Spa-Francorchamps and Monza expected to favour Williams over the likes of Ferrari and Red Bull, the outfit will understandably be looking to continue improving and catch the Scuderia in the Championship. Last season the outfit struggled greatly during their final year with Renault power, scoring a meagre five points. With the success they have enjoyed so far this season, Bottas has described 2014 so far as a “positive surprise” with the team much stronger and continuing their upward trend as the season enters its second phase.
“Yeah it [team performance] is a big step,” continued Bottas to the media. “We aimed to be better, but it has been a bit of a positive surprise with how competitive we’ve been from time to time. I’m really happy with how much we’ve improved during this season. From the first race in Melbourne to this race, we are a much stronger team and a much better team and I can only see it getting better.”
Despite the rumours linking Valtteri Bottas to a move away from Williams due to his recent competitiveness, the Finn has remained adamant that remaining with the Grove-based outfit would be his best choice. Although he will naturally wait for official confirmation before speculating himself about his future, he is of the opinion that there is no reason to look elsewhere other than remaining a Williams driver.
“We will see, it’s still too early to say anything, but personally I don’t see a reason to look around at this moment,” explained the Finn, when asked about his future plans in the sport. “It’s better to wait for confirmation, we will speak when we have something to say.”
As ever at Spa-Francorchamps the chance of inclement weather throughout the weekend is relatively high. This could result in topsy-turvy results and even the chance for Williams to steal a win, similar to Ricciardo’s victory at Budapest last time out. Although Bottas has remained coy on his chances of a maiden victory this weekend, he firmly believes that the team must seize the opportunity should it arise.
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