Williams underwhelmed after tyre struggles

By on Monday, July 4, 2016
Williams Martini Racing

Williams Martini Racing

Valtteri Bottas admits Williams expected more from the Austrian Grand Prix after he finished a low-key ninth at the Red Bull Ring.

Williams finished on the podium in 2014 and 2015 at the circuit but the Finn could not compete with the leading group of drivers and had to be content with ninth position.

"We definitely expected more points," he rued.

"The main problem was getting the tyres to work and to last, so that is something we need to understand before Silverstone because the temperatures could be similar to what they were here.

"I don’t think our car was too bad this weekend, we just really struggled to get the tyres to work."

Felipe Massa started from the pit lane after front wing damage was detected on his car and he retired from the race late on due to brake woes.

"The race was going ok for me, I was fighting and gaining positions from the start and I had a very good pace during most of the race," he explained.

"Unfortunately, I had a puncture and had to pit for new tyres. I had been saving the brakes for the whole race, but at the end I was close behind [Esteban] Gutierrez so the temperatures rose even more and I had to stop."

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