F1 »

F1 Italian GP: Williams ‘need something’ to beat Force India – Bottas

Valtteri Bottas tips his cap to Force India's run of form, admits Williams 'needs to find something' to reclaim fourth in the F1 standings.
Valtteri Bottas admits it will take a significant step forward from Williams in the coming races for it to recover fourth position in the constructors' standings from the in-form Force India.

Ahead of this weekend's Italian Grand Prix, Williams arrives in Monza trailing its rivals after a fourth and fifth place finish from Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez propelled Force India to a new peak in the standings.

OBRIGADO FELIPE: Felipe Massa announces he will retire from F1 this year

Coming after a summer stint in which Force India has shone with its updated VJM09, the Silverstone-based outfit has accumulated 89 of its 103 points since the Monaco Grand Prix. By contrast, Williams has scored 36 points in the same period.

Indeed, while Bottas feels the FW38 package hasn't been maximised to its full potential – particularly when it comes to tyre management -, he admits it will take a step from the team for it to halt Force India's momentum.

“I think they have move forward for the whole European season, while we've been unable to make as many steps forward as they have. In terms of strategy, in some races, they have been better than us. Spa turned out better for them but our race, with different strategies with the Safety Car and red flag would have been a lot better than it was. The race pace was very strong, our car is good on Sundays, but we struggled to keep up a bit with them at the moment. I think it's going to be a good fight.

ITALIAN GP: 6 Things to WATCH out for in Monza

“I think we need to find something. They have been, in the last three races, slightly quicker than us. It's not much, depending on the tracks, but their tyre management has been a bit better and that has been the main difference, at the end of the stints. I think we need to find something.

Despite the dip in results, Bottas still feels the car has improved since the beginning of the season and is confident there are good gains yet to be made.

“I think we're getting better all the time, we don't real have a clear answer. In the end it could be that the differences are in the way the cars work the tyre and some things you cannot change. But for sure we can get better with that, but if that will be enough this year, we'll find out.”

SPEED DEMONS: The fastest F1 circuits on the planet


Latest Tweets from Crash.net & GPF1rst

by Ollie Barstow



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
24.07.2016 - Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams FW38 and Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09
Who will replace Nico Rosberg at Mercedes?
Who will replace Nico Rosberg at Mercedes?
French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Pirelli 2017 tyre test [Credit: Pirelli]
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.