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Posted on Sunday, June 12, 2016

Williams podium a 'big boost' - Bottas

Valtteri Bottas says that his first podium of the season at the Canadian Grand Prix will act as a "big boost" for Williams as he placed third. Bottas started from seventh position at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve but was able to run a one-stop strategy to move into third, as his rivals stopped twice. Bottas thus finished the race in third place, securing another podium result in China, as he matched his achievement of 2015. "Montréal has been pretty good to me, really happy about […]

Posted on Friday, June 10, 2016

Massa explains DRS-related practice crash

Felipe Massa says a problem with his DRS triggered his crash during the opening practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix. Massa lost control of his Williams FW38 on the approach to Turn 1 and spun, with the rear of his car suffering substantial damage after he hit the barriers. Massa immediately informed Williams that he felt a failure and the team confirmed that his DRS did not close properly as he braked for the first corner. Williams was able to repair Massa's car prior […]

Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2016

Massa admits Williams lacks grip, traction

Felipe Massa has conceded that Williams has big strides to make after a low-key pair of practice sessions for this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix. Massa sat out most of the first session after crashing at Sainte Devote early into running, and was able to set only the 16th best time when he returned to action in the afternoon. Williams has struggled for pace in Monaco across the past few years and Massa accepted that the FW38 lacks grip and traction. "It was a difficult morning, […]

Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Bottas searching for first Monaco points

Valtteri Bottas says he is hoping to score points in Monaco for the first time in his Formula 1 career at the fourth attempt this weekend. Bottas was 12th in an uncompetitive Williams in 2013 before retiring with engine woe in 2014. Last year the Finn struggled to a lowly 14th as the outfit lacked pace in the Principality. Monaco is the only venue where Bottas has yet to collect a point, a statistic he hopes to amend this weekend. "Monaco is a unique grand […]

Posted on Monday, May 16, 2016

Massa shrugs off deficit to Red Bull

Felipe Massa downplayed Williams' deficit to Red Bull and insists he was happy with his recovery to the top 10 during the Spanish Grand Prix. Having closed the gap to Red Bull in Russia, Williams slipped significantly adrift if its rivals in Spain as Max Verstappen secured victory, with Daniel Ricciardo fourth. Massa recovered from 18th on the grid, having been knocked out in Q1, to score points courtesy of eighth spot. "It was definitely a very good race for us with some good points, […]

Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Williams hoping to translate testing form

Williams chief Pat Symonds is hopeful that the outfit can translate its form from testing into pace at this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix. All eight days of pre-season testing took place at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with Williams displaying encouraging pace earlier in the year. Williams has yet to finish on the podium in 2016 and occupies fourth in the Constructors' championship, but Symonds is hopeful of an upturn in form this weekend. "It is a circuit that is very reactive to climatic conditions, even […]

Posted on Saturday, April 30, 2016

Bottas targets podium after achieving 'maximum'

Valtteri Bottas says he and Williams should target its first podium of the 2016 season after a promising qualifying performance at the Russian Grand Prix. Bottas qualified in third position at the Sochi Autodrom but will start alongside Nico Rosberg on the front row of the grid following a penalty for Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel. Williams has typically performed strongly in Russia, with Bottas finishing on the podium in 2014 before being eliminated from third position on the final lap last season. "I’m very pleased with […]

Posted on Sunday, April 17, 2016

Massa: Sixth the 'best' possible position

Felipe Massa says sixth place was the 'best possible' result for Williams during the Chinese Grand Prix. Massa started from 10th position but made progress at the start and was subsequently able to repel Lewis Hamilton during the final stint of the race as he bagged eight points. "I'm really happy, it was a fantastic race for me even if I’m not on the podium, finished in the best position I could, taking care of tyres in a better way," he said. "I did a […]

Posted on Thursday, April 14, 2016

Bottas: Mercedes and Ferrari have pulled clear

Valtteri Bottas believes that Mercedes and Ferrari have pulled clear of Williams, after the team had initial optimism of challenging towards the front of the pack in 2016. Williams has finished third across the past two years, having beaten Ferrari in 2014 and Red Bull in 2015, but currently occupies fourth in the standings. Bottas accepts that the leading pair of manufacturers have edged away from Williams and that Red Bull and Toro Rosso are now in the mix with the Grove-based outfit. "It seems […]

Posted on Saturday, April 2, 2016

Massa trials new Williams front wing

Felipe Massa rued a 'difficult day' but was nonetheless encouraged as he sampled Williams' new front wing at the Bahrain Grand Prix. Williams flew the part in for Massa to trial during final practice and it was kept on the FW38 for the evening's qualifying session, in which he set the seventh quickest time. "We always expected to be a little bit more in front," he said. "It was a difficult day trying the new wing in practice and then not really having the balance, […]

Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016

Massa anticipating fight with Red Bull, Toro Rosso

Felipe Massa is confident that Williams will be more competitive in Bahrain this weekend though is expecting a "big fight" with Red Bull's two teams. Massa finished in fifth place in Australia, while Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was fourth and Toro Rosso's Max Verstappen ran ahead of the Brazilian until a strategic blunder. Massa, a two-time winner in Bahrain, believes that Williams will have a fight on its hands this weekend. "I think it was a good start for us," Massa said. "It was more […]

Posted on Monday, March 14, 2016

Di Resta appointed Williams reserve driver

Williams has confirmed that Paul di Resta has replaced Adrian Sutil as its official reserve driver for the upcoming Formula 1 campaign. Di Resta spent three years racing in Formula 1 with Force India between 2011 and 2013, before losing his seat and returning to the DTM fold at Mercedes, having won the 2010 championship prior to his single-seater switch. Di Resta will act as back-up to regular drivers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa, with Williams having appointed Sutil last year in the wake of […]