Valtteri Bottas: “As a team we did a good job today.”

Valtteri Bottas - Credit: Glenn Dunbar/Williams

Williams Martini Racing driver Valtteri Bottas believed the team achieved their maximum in Mexico, but the Finnish driver admits that the Sahara Force India F1 Team seem to have a little bit more pace.

As a result, Bottas finished in a respectable eighth place, albeit over eight seconds behind Nico Hulkenberg in the Force India.

“As a team we did a good job today, with a strategy and tactics that worked as good as we could have hoped,” said Bottas.  “We managed to make the one-stop strategy work, which was helped by perfect timing with the pit stops.”

Williams and Force India are embroiled in a fierce battle for fourth place in the Constructors, Bottas’ eighth place is extremely valuable for the team but feels that Force India have a stronger package heading into the final two races.

Brazil may not suit the Williams car because it is more of an aero circuit rather than straight line speed which the Williams focus on, but Bottas believes than can still challenge for strong points and hopefully beat the Force India’s.

“Unfortunately Force India still have a bit more pace than us and that is why one of them was ahead of us today. Our battle with them is very close and we just need to make sure that we do an even better job next time in Brazil.”