Valtteri Bottas admitted that he had expected more from Williams’ 2015 Formula 1 car this year, but is still determined for more podium finishes for the remainder of the season.
Bottas has scored 79 points in eleven races so far this season, with one podium, which took place in the Canadian Grand Prix in June. After coming 3rd in 2014, and being the 2nd fastest team, the Finn had hoped for greater success this year.
The team has struggled this season, with only 2 podiums, whereas at this point in 2014, they had double. Whilst writing in his post Belgian Grand Prix blog, Bottas admitted he had expected the team to be more advanced for the 2015 season, but still underlined his belief in the team.
“There’s no reason why Williams shouldn’t be able to be fight with Ferrari and Red Bull,” Bottas commented.
“I do admit we expected more from this year’s car, particularly in the first part of the season and if you compare it with 2014, then we had a few more podiums at this time of the year than we have now. Having said that, we are still capable of improving and getting closer to Ferrari so I will be looking to secure more podiums in the second half of the season.”
At Spa, Bottas’ hopes of qualifying 3rd were dashed when the team fitted 3 option tyres and one prime to the car, which resulted in a penalty. He said that he was disappointed by the team’s error, however he believes that their pace would not have been good enough for a podium in the end.
“I definitely want to move on from this weekend and head into the Italian Grand Prix full of energy and optimism, as Monza is a track that should really suit our car,” He said
“On the other hand, we need to analyze thoroughly why we weren’t as competitive as expected in the Belgian Grand Prix and make sure the situation doesn’t repeat itself in Italy. Of course a lot of work is going to go into understanding how the tire mishap happened, because we need to fix the procedures and make sure such a problem never occurs again. We’ll learn from it and I’m sure this will never be repeated.”
“Without the drive through penalty I had to serve for the tyre mistake we would have finished the race in fifth place, as I was in front of that pack. Still, the pace was not good enough for a top three finish, which was our goal today, so now is a time to learn and move on.”