Williams duo sure of strong Spa showing
18 August 2014 – Williams duo Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa reckon that the layout of Spa-Francorchamps, which plays host to this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix, will suit their FW36 as they seek to continue their strong season.
Williams scored just five points in 2013 but has claimed one pole position, courtesy of Massa in Austria, and three podium finishes, all from Bottas, to sit in fourth place in the Constructors' championship, just seven points behind Ferrari.
Both drivers expect the high-speed nature of Spa-Francorchamps to aid their chances of collecting a strong result.
"The elevation changes and high speed corners make it a real pleasure to drive, especially in an F1 car," said Bottas.
"Because of the long straights and variable weather conditions races can be very interesting for the driver and for the fans. To be competitive in Spa you need a car with efficient aerodynamics, so we expect to be strong and are aiming for a good result."
Massa, who inherited victory at the circuit after Lewis Hamilton's penalty in 2008, echoed Bottas's sentiments.
"The long straights should suit our car and we can kick the second half of the season off with some success," said the Brazilian driver.
"I won here in 2008 and so I know what it takes to win. I have had a really nice summer break but am ready to get back to racing. We have some great tracks to look forward to and I hope we can carry on developing our car like we did the first half of the season, and continue to be near the front."