Valtteri Bottas said Williams showed what they are capable of after claiming the first podium finish of his career in the Austrian Grand Prix.
Williams scored their best result of the season so far with third and fourth after locking out the front row of the grid on Saturday.
“I think overall the best-ever weekend,” said Bottas. “So, really happy. Really happy for us as a team. We were really strong the whole weekend and that’s down to all the hard work.”
“Of course it was a good track for us,” he added. “You never know what’s going to happen in the next race but overall we are making progress.”
“Step-by-step we are getting there, getting closer to the positions where we belong. I’m really happy.
“The race today: it was really nice to have a really nice, clean race. Good points for the team. We’ve had some issues lately, been a lot of talk, not maximising car we had but I think today we showed what we can do.”
However he admitted it was always going to be a tall order to beat the Mercedes:
“I think that from all the data that we had from practice we knew that in the race it’s going to be difficult and overall Mercedes have still got the quickest car but we really nailed it yesterday so we knew that maybe Sunday could be difficult but actually it was a bit better than I expected. We were really close to them on pace.”
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10 comments on “Bottas says Williams “showed what we can do””
Gino Van Den Broecke (@crekkan)
22nd June 2014, 17:14
I’m glad Williams managed to maintain a podium position and be the best of the rest. Overtaken McLaren in the constructors, closing in on Force India and Ferrari… hopefully Williams will be battling for 3rd place on the track and in the standings for the rest of the season.
Even just staying in the top 5 should be a good platform for 2015…
22nd June 2014, 17:37
Although, I think track characteristics played into Williams’ hands, but they’re not being overtaken in development race. It’d be amazing if they cought Mercedes in terms of aerodynamic performance.
22nd June 2014, 19:03
yeh, you could see in the second sector where aero is more needed, the Mercedes had a much sharper front end.. this track suited Williams, I will be surprised if they can repeat this performance until monza, which should be another lock in top 4 for the Williams drivers. but saying that, I hope I am wrong and Williams will do well elsewhere.
22nd June 2014, 17:40
Bottas showed solid pace and on his first top his team almost established a world record (something like 2.1 seconds to swap the four tires).
I believe Silverstone will be the defining line inside Williams, as Massa has been very fast with the car but Bottas are bringing more points (the difference between them is now 25 points). Today Massa was able to keep the Mercedes under control but a botched first stop seemed to ruin his mental strenght and was unable to put pressure on Hamilton even when the first three were dealing with lapped cars.
In any case, I am happy to see Williams grabbing podiums again.
22nd June 2014, 19:05
massa also made an error by letting Hamilton past so easily… he was too cautious out of the pits unfortunantly.
22nd June 2014, 20:38
Massa is a terrible wheel to wheel driver. From pole to fourth….in Canada he closed up almost ten seconds in a few laps then couldn’t get past…he is very frustrating to watch
22nd June 2014, 17:53
Williams? or you? because massa is in another frecuency.
22nd June 2014, 18:55
Williams needs to improve a lot in terms of strategy. Bottas lost 2nd due to poor pit strategy. It is pathetic. Massa is right to complain.
22nd June 2014, 18:58
I’d say they showed that this track is a power circuit where cars with low drag and high engine power perform best. Which is where the Williams is at it’s best.
22nd June 2014, 22:09
Williams are looking good for Monza, maybe Spa, after that I doubt they’ll get close to a podium again
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