Valtteri Bottas believes Williams won't be hurt by any ban on FRIC suspensions but could close the gap to Mercedes as a result.
The FIA has sent a technical directive to the teams warning them that such interconnected suspension systems are likely to be deemed illegal and could be protested against. While no ban has yet been imposed, the systems could be outlawed from as early as the German Grand Prix and Bottas admitted: “Maybe some teams could be more affected than us I would say, so we will see.”
When it was put to him that a team ahead could be especially hampered, Bottas laughed and said: “Yes!”
However, Bottas doesn't believe a FRIC suspension ban would lead to much change in the competitive order.
“For some teams yes but not for some others. We will see, I don't really know what is going to happen. Whatever the decision is we will be OK with it, I don't think it's going to be the key for the season or anything like that.”
Off the back of two consecutive podium finishes, Bottas expects Williams to be quick again in Germany next weekend but fears it may struggle in Hungary without updates.
“For the moment with the car we have now I think Budapest is still going to be difficult to challenge them. We are at our best on the long straights and Budapest is really missing those best bits for us. But if we can keep improving, if we can bring the updates that we are planning for Budapest then we might have a chance but we will have to see.”