Friday, 25 July 2014

Bottas happy with Williams updates

(Williams Martini Racing)

Valtteri Bottas has stated that he is very happy with the updates that the Williams Martini Racing Team have brought to the Hungarian Grand Prix for the FW36. The Finn had a good day at the office on Friday finishing this morning's opening session in 15th place with a fastest time of 1m 28.338s. In the afternoon session he set the eighth fastest time on a set of Pirelli's Option tyre's. His time was a 1m 25.9999s. Speaking afterwards he said:

' It was an interesting Friday, we went through all the updates and I'm really happy that they have worked as we expected, so we've made steps forward with the car. This circuit is tighter and it's going to be more difficult for us than the last three grands prix. It's going to be really close tomorrow so we need to work hard to find every tenth and maybe even every hundredth of a second we can gain with the set-up.'

The Williams car is extremely quick and Bottas has proven this having scored podium finishes in the last three Grand Prix in Austria, Silverstone and last time out in Germany last weekend. However due to the tight nature of the circuit in Hungary the team feel that they won't be able to get the most out of the FW36.

Felipe Massa has struggled in the last Grand Prix through no fault of his own. In Silverstone, the Brazilian went out of the race after colliding with Kimi Raikkonen and in Germany last weekend his car was briefly upside down after a first corner collision with McLaren's Kevin Magnussen. 

Massa goes into this weekend's race hoping to return to points scoring ways with William. The Brazilian has yet to stand on the podium with the Grove based team. He had a good Friday in Hungary finishing the opening session this morning in 10th place with a time of 1m 27.960s while in the afternoon session he also finished in 10th place albeit with a faster time then this morning due to the Option tyre. His afternoon time was a 1m 26.402s. Speaking following the session Massa said:

'It was not an easy day for me. I didn't have the most clean day to do long runs, but there is still tomorrow to come. It's not a perfect track for us but we'll try everything we can for qualifying tomorrow to be as competitive as possible. We have run both cars with the new rear wing and it's very positive so far.'

Williams Martini Racing's Head of Performance Engineering Rob Smedley commented:

'We completed our schedule and tested all of the upgrades, which seem to be working well. The main work has been on the balance of the car and we still have a bit to do for the option tyre. We seem to have good pace on the prime. We have a lot of data to go through to be ready for tomorrow.'

© Ben Johnston 2014

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