Brazilian GP: Williams starts escorting Mercedes at Interlagos


Within a few free workouts pretty uninspiring in Brazil, where the differences were common between the majority of teams, surprised especially the good performance of Williams. The british team, which has lost ground as he has spent the season up to the point of having to fend off competitors like McLaren or Toro Rosso, has experienced a small upturn in the last few weeks that has manifested itself in all its glory in the day of today.

shows, the results obtained in the second free practice session. After being fifth in the first session, Valtteri Bottas further elevated the bar with a 1:12.761 that allowed him to end up in third place, only behind the two Mercedes and his companion Felipe Massa, who concluded the Free 1 in the eighth position, he was escorted on the table to just 28 thousandths of a second. Both managed to beat, although for small differences, both the Red Bull as Ferrari.

Bottas praised the solidity of the car on the long runs, and hopes to be able to plant more battle to the top three this weekend, but maintained caution for qualifying and the race:

“To be on a Friday, has been good. The balance has been good from the start, so it has been a matter of tweak it from there. The long runs have been consistent and the pace looks promising, but it is only on a Friday. Like every weekend, we have to find much more for tomorrow, because everyone is going to improve also. I’m happy, but tomorrow and Sunday are what counts. we Can be more competitive than we were in the last race, but it is difficult to say in detail after the free, because they all prove different things,”

Massa, who will play their thirteenth and last Grand Prix of Brazil before their fans, stated that “it is always great to see your name near the head of the table. I’ll Be looking for that competitiveness tomorrow, and especially Sunday. I love this circuit, and the support of the people gives me a lot more confidence. I hope that we can stay up there, it will not be easy, but I will try.”

But the one who probably has known more accurately reflect the feelings within the team from Grove has been his chief of engineers Rob Smedley: “we’re pleasantly surprised by the good pace that we had today. We knew that we had to have a slightly different approach in a circuit as well, for the slow corners. The batches with low and a lot of gasoline has gone well, we have been able to roll with the soft as much as we needed, and went well with the tire also. In general, we are in good shape”.