Bottas: “We could have a very competitive weekend”
Valtteri Bottas believes Williams Martini Racing could have a “very competitive” Italian Grand Prix weekend at the Monza circuit.
The team’s 2014 car – the FW36 – has typically thrived on tracks that require strong straight line speed and high aerodynamic efficiency, which are both key characteristics to a fast lap at Monza.
The Grove-based outfit is currently fourth in the constructors’ standings after a positive first part of the season. Despite Bottas finishing third at the last race in Belgium, Williams dropped further behind Ferrari in the fight for third place.
The Finn is confident the team will be competitive this weekend. “Monza could be a great track for our car and I know we will be busy with our partners, many of whom are coming to Italy,” he said.
“The track is really good fun to drive and it is important to have good straight-line speeds as it has some very quick straights. We have a track specific aero package that we will take, combine that with the strong power-unit and we could have a very competitive weekend.”
His team-mate Felipe Massa failed to finish in the points at Spa-Francorchamps, but is hopeful that he can return to the top 10 in Italy. “Monza is a place I enjoy,” the Brazilian said.
“I love the people and the fans and I hope now despite the fact that I have moved teams that they still support and cheer for me. Monza is a special circuit as it’s so quick, but the corners are quite slow.
“Aerodynamics are vital at a track like this and that could benefit us over the weekend. I hope to be competitive here as I think the Italian fans would like to see us do well.”
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