Williams package 'better than in Bahrain'
18 April 2014 – Williams driver Valtteri Bottas says that the team has a better package in China than they did at the last round two weeks ago in Bahrain.
Bottas, who stood aside in first practice to allow Williams test and reserve driver Felipe Nasr some track time, was 14th fastest in the second practice session and believes that the team can collect a good result in China this weekend.
"Conditions made it hard today, but we had some really good information from the new parts," he said. "It took time for me to get used to the track this afternoon after missing this morning, made harder by the fact that there are some difficult corner combinations, but once in the rhythm it was clear we have a better package than in Bahrain.
"The weather could play its part tomorrow if it rains, this will also mean the track stays slippery for the race which is always interesting. Overall I am feeling positive and I know I can offer a lot more for qualifying and the race."
Bottas's team-mate Felipe Massa was seventh quickest and expressed positivity that Williams's upgrades have improved the feeling of the FW36.
"All of the upgrades we brought here have improved performance which is really positive," he said. "Having new parts that we will use is good news as we have made some good steps forward. The balance and feeling of the car is better, however we know that most other teams have also made improvements.
"The low track temperatures made it slippery, and if it rains tomorrow it will be the same in the race. We also suffered some graining on the front but we can make some changes to sort this problem."