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Posted on Saturday, September 26, 2015

Bottas targets podium from third

Valtteri Bottas says Williams must target a podium finish at the Japanese Grand Prix after he set the third fastest time during Saturday's qualifying session. Bottas was third best at Suzuka, behind only Mercedes pair Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, and is hoping that he can climb onto the podium for the second time in 2015. "I’m really happy to be third again in Suzuka," he said, having started the 2014 race from the same position. "It has been a good day. "We made some […]

Posted on Monday, September 21, 2015

Massa rues 'unlucky' race following retirement

Williams driver Felipe Massa was left to lament an "unlucky" race in Singapore, as he retired for the first time since last year's German Grand Prix. Massa made contact with Force India's Nico Hulkenberg following the first round of pit stops and was later forced onto the side lines when his FW37 entered neutral. "It was a very unlucky race for me," said Massa, who slipped to sixth in the championship. "My problems started with the collision I had with Hulkenberg after my first stop. […]

Posted on Thursday, September 17, 2015

Bottas underwhelmed by 2015 results

Williams driver Valtteri Bottas says he has been left dissatisfied by his 2015 results, as the flyaway leg of the Formula 1 season begins in Singapore this weekend. Bottas scored six podiums on his way to fourth place in the 2014 standings but this season has stepped onto the rostrum just once - in Canada - and sits in sixth position in the championship. "Well I have to say I’m not really that pleased for the results," he explained. "Of course we aim to make […]

Posted on Sunday, September 6, 2015

Massa hails 'emotional' Monza podium

Felipe Massa was delighted as he collected his second podium of the season at the Italian Grand Prix. Massa repeated his third position which he achieved in the 2014 race as he stood on the podium in front of Ferrari's fans, having driven for the team between 2006 and 2013. "It's really emotional to have been on the podium," he said. It was a difficult but fantastic race, I didn't have the best start but I was still able to pass cars so it was […]

Posted on Saturday, September 5, 2015

Bottas: Ferrari out of reach for Williams

Williams driver Valtteri Bottas conceded that Ferrari was out of reach after the team locked out the third row of the grid at the Italian Grand Prix. Bottas set the sixth fastest time during Saturday's qualifying, two-tenths behind team-mate Felipe Massa, who finished on the podium at Monza in 2014. "It wasn’t a perfect qualifying as I didn’t get a great slipstream in the final lap," said Bottas. "I think fifth and sixth was the maximum as the Ferraris were just a bit out reach. […]

Posted on Thursday, September 3, 2015

Williams retains Bottas and Massa for 2016

Williams has confirmed that it will retain both Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa for the 2016 season. Bottas made his Formula 1 debut with Williams in 2013 and will remain with the squad for a fourth successive campaign. Massa joined Williams at the start of 2014 after a decade associated with Ferrari and will also be kept on for what will be his 14th year in the sport. "I am really pleased to be staying with the team for a fourth F1 race season," said […]

Posted on Friday, August 28, 2015

Bottas: Williams must avoid costly errors

Valtteri Bottas says that Williams must avoid making the kind of errors which cost him a haul of points during last weekend's Belgian Grand Prix. Bottas qualified in third place at Spa-Francorchamps but Williams fitted one Prime tyre among three Option tyres when he came in for his first pit stop. Bottas was handed a drive through penalty for the error, ending his chances of claiming a top five finish. "Monza is a track that should really suit our car," he said in his post-race […]

Posted on Sunday, August 23, 2015

Williams apologises to Bottas for tyre mix-up

Williams has apologised to Valtteri Bottas after an unusual tyre mix-up resulted in the Finn being handed a drive through penalty during the Belgian Grand Prix. Williams erroneously fitted one Prime tyre and three Option tyres to Bottas' car during his first stop, leading to a drive through penalty, which dropped him down the order. "I am clearly disappointed with what has happened to Valtteri," said head of vehicle performance Rob Smedley. "As a team we have made a mistake, and on behalf of the […]

Posted on Friday, August 21, 2015

Williams plays down lowly Friday positions

Williams drivers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa played down their comparative lack of pace during Friday's practice sessions for the Belgian Grand Prix. Bottas ended the day in 14th position in the FW37, two places ahead of Massa, while Bottas only marginally crept into the top 10 during the opening session on Friday morning. "Today our main focus was on aero testing, including the rear wing configuration and we also looked at the tyres as you would expect from a Friday," said Bottas, who finished […]

Posted on Thursday, August 20, 2015

Bottas: Situation easier after Raikkonen deal

Valtteri Bottas says the situation for him and Williams will be 'easier' following Ferrari's confirmation that Kimi Raikkonen will be retained for the 2016 season. Bottas was heavily linked with Raikkonen's seat at Ferrari but the Italian squad ultimately opted to extend the elder Finn's contract for a further year. Bottas is now expected to remain with Williams into 2016, though a deal has not yet been reached, and expects matters to be more straightforward without speculation. "I think it’s now easier for me, for […]

Posted on Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Williams hopeful of regular podium finishes

Williams is hopeful that it will be able to compete for podium finishes across the second half of the 2015 season, which begins in Belgium this week. Williams occupies third in the standings and has claimed two podiums so far in 2015, courtesy of Valtteri Bottas in Canada and Felipe Massa at the following event in Austria. Williams secured top three finishes in Belgium and Italy last year and the squad is optimistic that its current package will be suited to the demands of upcoming […]

Posted on Monday, July 27, 2015

Bottas disappointed with 'unlucky' race

Valtteri Bottas says it was disappointing for Williams to leave the Hungarian Grand Prix without scoring points, but conceded that it was better than losing out at one of its strongest circuits. Williams was braced for a challenging weekend due to the layout of the Hungaroring but Bottas was in contention for a healthy haul of points until he was clipped by Max Verstappen at Turn 5. The minor contact left Bottas with a puncture and he dropped out of the points, eventually coming home […]