Williams aim to topple Ferrari


Published: Monday 8th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Williams scored their first podium of the season in Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix – and now they are aiming to overhaul Ferrari.

Valtteri Bottas finished third in Montreal behind the dominant Mercedes pair of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

Hamilton’s victory, his fourth of the season, moved him 17 points clear of Rosberg in the race for the title as the German had no answer for the reigning world champion around the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit.

But behind them Bottas managed to beat both Ferraris over the line, passing fellow Finn Kimi Raikkonen during the pit-stops after he spun at turn 10.

The second Williams of Felipe Massa came home sixth, as the Brazilian fought his way through the field on a one-stop strategy having started 15th due to an engine issue in qualifying.

Williams ended 2014 with nine podium finishes but did not land their first until the eighth race in Austria.

That is the next stop on the Formula One calendar and Bottas wants a similar result at the Red Bull Ring this time around.

“I think the next couple of tracks, at least, will be pretty good for us,” he said.

“Austria, Silverstone, I think they will suit our car and I’m quite confident also with the package we have coming to Austria.

“If it works like all the updates so far we’ve had, I think it should be a very good step and then possibly we could be fighting for many more podiums. I really hope it’s possible.

“I think we really needed this result. Like last year we saw that it really boosts confidence. We know again now that we are a top team and that we can fight for podiums.

“I think from Austria, with the package that we have coming there, from then onwards we really hope that we can repeat at least these kind of results.”

Williams locked out the front row in Austria last year with Felipe Massa taking pole position, although the Mercedes eventually landed another one-two finish.

Rob Smedley, the team’s head of performance, may not be aiming to beat the Mercedes, who are currently in a league of their own, but does believe Ferrari – second in the constructors’ standings – can be reeled in.

“I said to the team that we have got to think like a top team and go out and get it (the podium),” he said.

“We knew we had good pace but weren’t sure about the strategy, but we went into it believing we could get a podium and good points with Felipe.

“We’re constantly upgrading. We’ll hopefully have a bit more in Austria, which will hopefully even get us in front of Ferrari.

“As a team, we have to believe that we can be in front. We can come out of the next two races bagging more points than Ferrari.”

Published: Monday 8th June 2015 by The News Editor

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