'Williams taking steps forward' – Bottas
11 May 2013 – Valtteri Bottas believes that Williams is beginning to uncover more performance after a troublesome start to the 2013 Formula 1 campaign, explaining that the outfit's upgrade package for the Spanish Grand Prix has shown largely positive signs so far.
Although the Finn, who is one of five rookies on the 22-strong grid, finished back in 14th position on the opening day of practice at the Circuit de Catalunya, he reckons the team is "taking steps forward" as the quarter mark of the season approaches.
"It was an interesting day for us," Bottas said of the opening two practice sessions. "Unfortunately the weather wasn’t quite right in the first session, but this was the same for everyone. We were trying different parts on the car, particularly in the second session. The initial feeling is that we are starting to take steps forward."
Technical Director Mike Coughlan added: "We continued to work through aerodynamic comparisons following on from the work we started in Idiada last week. We ran a number of different upgrades across both cars, and the initial results are as expected.
"We have made some small steps but there is still a lot of work to do. In FP2 we did some further tyre work and our long run pace looks more competitive. We lost some time during FP1 due to the wet weather but we completed our planned programme."
In the second Williams, Pastor Maldonado finished the day two places below Bottas.