Bottas: Podium acts as motivation

By on Thursday, June 18, 2015
Williams Martini Racing

Williams Martini Racing

Williams driver Valtteri Bottas says his podium at the Canadian Grand Prix acts as motivation as the squad bids to replicate its 2014 showing at this weekend's round in Austria.

Bottas claimed third in Canada and is optimistic that Williams can again perform strongly at the Red Bull Ring, having locked out the front row of the grid in 2014 before going on to take third and fourth in the race, as Bottas secured his maiden Formula 1 podium.

"We had a strong weekend here last year, last year’s car especially suited this track well," he said. This year it should be the same thing. Mercedes has been a little more ahead this season than last year, 1-2 in qualifying is probably more challenging than last year but you never know."

Williams will trial new upgrades during Friday's practice sessions and Bottas hopes that the new parts will enable the team to compete on a level playing field with Ferrari.

"We will try new upgrades on Friday, from the last race getting the first podium motivates everyone," he said.

"We know we can do it and get a good result. [A podium] should be our target, if all the updates work as expected we should be really close with Ferrari, then at least [we can] race them, that would be good. The numbers [in the simulation] look good but you always need to prove it works as expected."

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