Valtteri Bottas says the upcoming Belgian Grand Prix and Italian Grand Prix could potentially be his and Williams' best opportunity to challenge for race wins in 2014 as driver and team look to build on their recent run of podiums.
Bottas comes to round 11 of the 2014 F1 season in Hungary having amassed three consecutive podium results, including a pair of second place finishes at Silverstone and Hockenheim.
With Williams increasingly regarded as the closest rival to Mercedes in terms of raw pace, though Bottas accepts it is difficult to tackle the dominant team on a level playing field, he says the target for the team now is to go one better and challenge for wins.
“We are always aiming for wins,” he said. “This season it is difficult with Mercedes being really strong in all the tracks but you never know what is going to happen in the race. In terms of pure pace it is difficult this season, but we can try and aim for that.”
Though Bottas is less confident of his chances around the relatively high downforce Hungaroring this weekend, he believes the faster circuits of Spa-Francorchamps and Monza arguably represent Williams' best opportunity to tackle Mercedes.
“Spa and Monza should be really good for us, maybe the best of the season in theory,” he continued. “We need to aim to be strong in other places though. We can't just rely on places with good top speed, we need to keep bringing downforce.
“We have updates for here which should help at this track and should bring a reasonable amount of downforce and if they work well we know which direction to push for.”