Bottas believed Italian GP podium was possible


Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Italy. Sunday 4 September 2016. Valtteri Bottas, Williams FW38 Mercedes. Photo: Glenn Dunbar/Williams ref: Digital Image _X4I8912. Credit: Williams Martini Racing

Williams Martini Racing Driver Valtteri Bottas was slightly disappointed to finish sixth during Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix. Despite finishing ahead of one of the Red Bull Racing drivers in Max Verstappen, the Finn felt there was potential to finish higher up the order following the team’s strong progress across the weekend.

“I was personally expecting a bit more from today.

“I set myself a target of finishing on the podium, but we didn’t quite have the pace which meant that I had to push the tyre a little bit more in every stint just to secure my position on track. This meant that towards the end of the stint I was struggling a bit.”

Bottas did however manage to take back fourth place in the Constructor’s Championship from Sahara Force India, by coming home ahead of both Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg. The Oxfordshire based squad now lead the Silverstone based team by three points, and this has certainly given the Williams F1 team a boost, not only for the next round in Singapore, but also going forward.

Knowing that they can still take the fight to their rivals despite not performing to the standards they would have expected so far this year is a positive for the British team, and it will no doubt be an interesting battle until the end of the season between these two middle order teams.

“The pure pace wasn’t there today, but overall we leave Monza with a positive result for the team, taking back fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship.

 “This gives us a bit of confidence and shows that we can definitely keep hold of fourth if we keep doing the right things.”