Valtteri Bottas says the top six is still the target for Williams despite appearing to make less of a step than its rivals in Barcelona.
Friday practice for the Spanish Grand Prix saw both Bottas and team-mate Felipe Massa struggling to break in to the top ten as McLaren and Lotus appeared to make good progress. Bottas admitted that other teams were more competitive than Williams on the face of it, but he still believes the team can bounce back on Saturday in qualifying.
“It seems that some teams have made some steps but the positive thing from today is that the updates that we tried today in the other car worked like we expected,” Bottas said “So we made some progress but we need to see tomorrow to see the real order.
“We are aiming for [the top six] and I think that it could be tough but we will have to see tomorrow in qualifying how much the others have really improved. Also from my side I think that where I was in practice is not where we will be tomorrow. It's going to be really close and not an easy weekend but the target is still there.”
Explaining that he had a gearbox issue during FP2, Bottas said he expects there to be more performance in the updated Williams.
“I didn't run the upgrades so the cars were a bit different and I also had some other issues in the beginning of practice with the car. It wasn't a perfect practice but at least we got good data for the upgrades and they all worked which is always nice to see.
“It should be a nice step and we need to investigate the data tonight but I'm expecting more from the car. It really didn't feel like it had as much grip as other cars around here today so we'll see tomorrow.”