Valtteri Bottas: “It’s almost a Finnish Grand Prix”


After a promising start at the British Grand Prix, where the team ran first and second early in the race, neither Williams Martini Racing driver was able to finish on the podium at Silverstone, with Felipe Massa finishing fourth and Valtteri Bottas fifth.

Heading to the very different arena of the Hungaroring for the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend, Bottas admits he enjoys seeing the support from his Finnish fans who have traditionally down the years travelled to the circuit to support the Finnish drivers such as Mika Hakkinen, Kimi Raikkonen and Heikki Kovalainen.

“Budapest is a great city and hosts a great race,” insists Bottas. “There are a lot of Finnish fans living in Hungary, but also many who make the trip for this race weekend so I always have a lot of support – it’s almost a Finnish Grand Prix.”

Bottas feels the team should have a good weekend in Hungary, especially with his Williams team having been focussed on developing their medium and slow corner pace.

“The circuit is very different from the last few because it’s much tighter with more medium and slow speed corners, but our development has been focused on tracks like this and generating higher downforce,” revealed Bottas.

“We should be looking a strong weekend and to build on the good momentum we have built.”