Bottas says Abu Dhabi a 'wake-up call'
30 November 2015 – Valtteri Bottas says Williams' performance at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was a "wake-up call" for the team if it wants to compete at the sharp-end of the Formula 1 grid in 2015.
Williams had secured third in the Constructors' standings prior to the Abu Dhabi finale but produced a sub-par showing as Yas Marina, with Felipe Massa eighth and Bottas out of the points after a mistake in the pits.
Bottas was recovering from a poor start but clipped Jenson Button's McLaren as he was released from his pit box following his first stop and damaged his front wing.
Bottas had to return to the pits for repairs and was also handed a five-second time penalty after the stewards deemed that Williams caused the collision.
"Of course that was not the way we wanted to finish the season," Bottas said.
"But in the end this could be good – it was a proper wake-up call that we really need to raise our game if we want to challenge for the wins next year.
"We all know the facts, we need to find big gains with the car during the winter, and there are operational things we need to do better.
"Everyone knows it and we are fully motivated to fix these things and have a much better season next year.
"This season gave me some good things to remember, like a couple of very special podiums, but we want more so none of us are fully satisfied yet."