Williams drivers Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas say variable weather could provide them with their best chance at scoring points in this weekend’s German Grand Prix.
Neither driver has finished in the top 10 so far this season, although they came close to scoring in points at Silverstone when Maldonado finished just ahead of Bottas in eleventh.
“It’s one of the most technical circuits on the calendar and we have been working hard to improve our cars balance in slow, technical corners,” said the Venezuelan. “Tyre degradation is likely to be high as well, but in the last couple of races we have shown that we can control this quite well so that should give us a boost. The weather is often cold and can change throughout the weekend which is a challenge for all teams, but variable conditions would suit us. I just missed out on a points finish at Silverstone and will be looking to go a step better in this race.”
Team-mate Bottas agrees that wet weather could benefit Williams.
“The Nürburgring is a very challenging track as it has a broad mixture of corners which makes car set-up difficult,” he said.
“I really like the high speed sections in particular, especially the fast left and right corners leading to the back straight. The weather is often changeable so we will be preparing for the possibility of a wet weekend. I’ve always enjoyed driving in tricky conditions though and our car is currently performing better in the wet/damp conditions so I will be hoping that we do see some showers.”
“With tyre management being so important, and teams not having raced here last season, we will be trying to get as much data from the practice sessions as possible to make sure that we are racing on Sunday with the optimum strategy.”