Valtteri Bottas: “We expect to be strong here”

The Williams Martini Racing team have finished on the podium in the past two races, with Valtteri Bottas finishing third in Canada with Felipe Massa in the same position last time out in Austria, and the team will be looking for a third in a row this weekend at Silverstone.

Bottas, who had a strong race at Silverstone a year ago to finish in second position despite being caught out by the weather during qualifying, admits he expects the team to be strong once more this weekend, and feels ready to take the fight to the teams around them in the championship.

“I always enjoy the race at Silverstone,” revealed Bottas. “This is normally the only chance some of the team from the factory get to see the car on track which is important.

“We do expect to be strong here, as the overall downforce has improved with the updates we took to Austria.

“After a podium for me last year and two podiums for the team in the last two races, I think we should be looking, once again, to take the fight to the cars around us in the Championship.”

Team-mate Massa agrees with Bottas, and feels that with the confidence within the team being high, another good result could be on the cards this weekend at Silverstone.

“Silverstone is a great circuit, with long high-speed corners which will suit the car’s characteristics,” said Massa. “Heading to the team’s home race, we are looking to make it a hat trick of podiums, and spirits within the team are high right now.

“I hope we can give the home fans another positive result and we can continue the positive momentum from the last few weeks.”