Valtteri Bottas expects Williams to have a harder time beating Red Bull in the Brazilian Grand Prix, especially in wet conditions.
Daniel Ricciardo took the final podium place in the United States Grand Prix last weekend, with Felipe Massa unhappy that one Red Bull was able to beat both himself and Bottas despite Williams being able to match Ricciardo for pace
. When it was put to Bottas that Red Bull could be even stronger at Interlagos than in Austin, he replied: “Could be, yeah.
“The corners are quite long here, but then coming from the last corner in to Turn 1 is a really long straight and even up to Turn 3 is not bad. So I still think if we can get everything right we can fight with them, but the main thing for us is trying to keep third place in the teams' points. That's really important for us.”
With the weather forecast predicting rain on all three days, Bottas admitted the Williams was less well suited to the wet but still should be competitive.
“It's true, we do prefer dry, definitely. The main places where we are losing to Mercedes and Red Bull is through the corners and the more time we spend in the corners the worse it is. So we do like the dry, but if it's wet we are optimistic that we have improved a lot since the beginning of the season in the wet in terms of managing tyres and everything.
“It is a race where anything can happen so we are definitely going in to it in a positive mood for this weekend and trying to get another podium.”