Valtteri Bottas: “We just didn’t have the pure pace today”

Valtteri Bottas says that tenth was the best he could achieve - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Valtteri Bottas felt that tenth place was the best he could achieve for Williams Martini Racing on Sunday, the Finnish driver produced a tactically aware drive to secure a valuable point in Japan.

“As a team strategy-wise, we managed to do something different to our competitors so that was good. There definitely wasn’t any more we could have got out of today. In a nutshell, we need to make a quicker car and hope that the rest of the circuits in the calendar are better suited to us.”

Bottas admits that the team lack overall pace especially with rivals Force India consistently scoring points.

“We just didn’t have the pure pace today. From my side, being the lead car in the first stint I was hoping for the better strategy out of the two of us but that didn’t work out today. Looking ahead to Austin, I hope it’s better and more like Malaysia in terms of our pace in comparison to Force India.”

Williams have been relatively unpredictable this seasons and have struggled to develop their car. With four races remaining in the season, Bottas wants the team to investigate the lack of speed and work out how to improve the car for Austin.

“It’s just so difficult to predict these things nowadays, so we need to learn from today and hopefully we’ll perform better there in two weeks.”