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Williams has to improve in order to win - Bottas

  • Published on 02 Dec 2015 10:33
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  • By: Rob Veenstra

Valtteri Bottas has called on Williams to up its game in 2016. Just like last year, the British team finished this season's world championship third overall, with Finn Bottas and teammate Felipe Massa respectively fifth and sixth.

"There were many great moments," Bottas, who flirted with a switch to Ferrari earlier this year, said, "but also many disappointments, and we have to learn from them. We can do better as a team," he insisted. "If we want to win, we have to improve in all areas."

Mika Hakkinen, a part of Bottas' management team, reportedly pushed hard for Bottas to replace countryman Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari for 2016. It didn't happen, so "At the moment, Valtteri is focused solely on Williams," the former double world champion told Gulf News.

But Hakkinen also told Ilta Sanomat newspaper that Bottas, 26, is justified in feeling disappointed with aspects of Williams' past campaign. And "It is clear that the drivers will be disappointed if the results do not improve next year," he told Ilta Sanomat newspaper.

"Williams' competitiveness was not quite as good as it was last year, but the team finished a good third in the constructors' championship. I also know that Williams is more than satisfied with the work of Valtteri," Hakkinen continued. "In this case patience is a virtue."

As for whether Bottas can win a title with Williams, Hakkinen answered: "Good question. Currently, there are two very strong teams ahead of them and so there would have to be a big power shift next season. Williams however has a highly skilled and motivated team and they want to keep improving. I don't want to say that Williams is unable to fight for the championship, as bear in mind that the cars will change quite radically after next season," Hakkinen added. (GMM)

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  • khasmir

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    Maybe Williams should start focusing on 2017 since next year will most likely be an all out battle between Merc and Ferrari.
    Once a team has an advantage with a certain set of rules it is very hard to beat them until the rules change again. Or you need to have a huge budget and make drastic changes.

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    • Dec 2 2015 - 18:22
    • Thats true, but we dont know for sure how it'll look next year. Williams are as of present the strongest team on straights according to speed traps, and now they focus on getting speed in corners and in wet conditions aswell, both being their weakest points. I can imagine that if they get those sorted, Williams could be a force to count on next season. Perhaps not title contending, but they could very well race for second place.

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      • Dec 2 2015 - 18:31

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