Williams have had a below-par season so far, falling behind the real pace of the Red Bull and the Force India this season. But Hockenheim might see the team do a bit better.
They came away from the Hungarian Grand Prix with a better haul of points than the Force India’s of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez, but only by a single point. Hulkenberg scored a point with 10th, but Bottas managed to eke out 9th and 2 points on a track that didn’t flatter the Williams at all. If the team had got the timing right in qualifying for Felipe Massa in Q2, the Brazilian might have finished further up the order too.
But this weekend, Hockenheim will be more suited to the FW38, and Valtteri Bottas scored an impressive 2nd place finish in 2014. The Finn is optimistic about his chances to score big points here. He said,
“Last time we were in Germany was in 2014 and I was second place in the race, one of my best F1 results. It’s a track I’ve driven a lot when I was in the junior categories like Formula Renault and Formula 3, so I know the place really well. It’s nice to go back to Germany after a bit of a break, and hopefully we’ll have another warm welcome.”
– Valtteri Bottas
Felipe Massa had all of the bad luck last time in Hockenheim; the Brazilian was left spinning upside-down after getting tagged going into turn-1. Massa needs to start scoring again though, he’s the weaker link between the two Williams drivers.
“It will be nice to return to the German Grand Prix after we didn’t have it last year. We’re heading to Hockenheim, a track I really enjoy driving. I hope we have a good race because the Hockenheimring could be a great track for our car. We’ll see at the weekend.”
– Felipe Massa
Williams remain 4th in the constructors, 20 points clear of Force India in 5th so the team are still doing well. But to be beaten by Force India would definitely be considered as failure.
The driver championship standings after the #HungarianGP
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