Bottas: Williams must learn from Austria
4 July 2016 – Valtteri Bottas has urged Williams to carry out a post-Austrian Grand Prix investigation after he struggled to get his tyres into their required operating windows all weekend.
Bottas lined up seventh following a wet/dry qualifying, and slipped to ninth in the race, despite drama ahead, as he worked through a Ultra Soft/Soft/Super Soft strategy.
"We definitely expected more points," Bottas reflected.
"The main problem was getting the tyres to work and to last, so that is something we need to understand before Silverstone because the temperatures could be similar to what they were here.
"I don't think our car was too bad [over the] weekend, we just really struggled to get the tyres to work.
"It was disappointing, but it's going to be very important to learn from it to move on."
Williams performance chief Rob Smedley was also left confused.
"[Bottas] struggled with graining, so his pace wasn't where he should be, because the way he manages tyres is usually one of the best in the pit lane," he commented.
"Unfortunately, as a group, I don't think we've understood this asphalt and rubber combination [at the Red Bull Ring], so that's the first thing we need to do."
Felipe Massa, who was forced to start from the pit lane when Williams discovered damage to his new-spec front wing, retired late on as his brakes overheated.