Williams expects strong weekend in Austria

Jun.12 (GMM) Williams’ race drivers expect their resurgence from the Monaco slump to hit an even higher gear in Austria next weekend.

The British team struggled notably on the twisty turns of Monaco, but then bounced back strongly in Canada as Valtteri Bottas scored his first podium of 2015.

And now, Williams is working on an update package to debut in Austria.

“The track should suit our car,” Finn Bottas told the Austrian news agency APA.

Last year, the race at the Red Bull Ring was Bottas’ first podium appearance.

“You will never forget your first podium,” he said. “Now I want my first win, even though I know it will be difficult this year.”

That is due to Mercedes’ dominance and the resurgence of Ferrari, but Bottas’ teammate Felipe Massa said the Williams car and Mercedes engine will be strong in Austria next weekend.

“It’s a track where the efficiency of the engine is important,” said the Brazilian, “and cars with low drag work well there, and normally our car is one of the best.”

Indeed, Massa even started the 2014 race from pole position, as teammate Bottas said: “I hope we can repeat those sorts of results from Austria this year.”

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