Sunday, 27 July 2014

More points for Williams as Bottas misses out on a fourth consecutive podium

(Williams Martini Racing Team)

The Williams Martini Racing Team continued their points scoring run in Hungary today as Felipe Massa finished the race in fifth place as the Brazilian scored his first points since the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring. The team felt that they would struggle at the Hungaroring this weekend however Felipe Massa started the race from 6th place on the grid while Valtteri Bottas started the race third on the grid.

Felipe Massa had a great battle with former Ferrari team mate Kimi Raikkonen with the Finn coming close to overtaking Massa but on straights due to the performance advantage of the Mercedes power unit in the FW36 compared to the Ferrari engine Massa was able to fend off the challenge from Raikkonen. Speaking after the race Massa commented:

' It was a very difficult race with a lot happening. We had many fights and it was difficult to stay on the track. We took some risks with the tyres in the pitstops and in the end it was a good result. Now we can look forward to the second part of the season and I’m sure we will score a lot more points than we've scored up until now.'

Valtteri Bottas was left disappointed after starting the race from 3rd place he went on to finish the race in 8th place. The Finn is currently out on his own in fifth place in the Drivers championship and with the car that the Williams Martini Racing team have given him has resulted in him becoming a hot property in Formula One and the team will be happy that he is on a long term contract with the team. Speaking following the race Bottas commented:

'After three podiums in a row P8 is not that satisfying, but we got some good points as a team. There was more to come today but we were unlucky with the safety car when I went from P2 to out of the top 10. We need to analyse this race then focus on the next one. There are many more good moments for us to come this season, we are getting stronger.'

The team go into the summer break having scored points in every race so far this season and are now back to fourth place in the Constructors championship following Ferrari's Fernando Alonso's second place today. Speaking about today's race, Williams Martini Racing's Head of Performance Engineering Rob Smedley stated:

'We've been used to racing for podiums lately, so today was a bit different. The pace of the car wasn't fantastic, which we can accept on a tight and twisty track like this. We did what we could, we got two cars home in the points and pulled away from McLaren and Force India in the championship. We’re happy with fourth in the Constructors’ going into the break and we’ve got some good races coming up, so we will come back eager for more podiums at Spa and Monza. '

© Ben Johnston 2014

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