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Published: 10:55 | 19/2/16

Bottas: Williams need race wins


Williams will be looking to fight for better results in 2016, according to Valtteri Bottas.

Bottas has scored eight podiums in the last two years but he has yet to win a Formula 1 race, while his team-mate Felipe Massa has not tasted victory since joining Williams in 2014.

Despite the lack of race wins, the team have finished third in the constructors' championship in each of the last two seasons but Bottas believes it is important for the team to be in a position to fight for victories.

"This is always a really interesting and exciting time of the year because we have a new car and we can’t wait to get it out on track to see how it feels and how fast it is,” Bottas said at the launch of the FW38.

"It’s been a good winter and from what I’ve seen we seem to be headed in a good direction with this car. Testing next week will be our chance to see how our performance has improved since the last race. The development of the FW38 has been all positive in theory, now we just need to see it on track.

"As a team we need to be able to win races, which is what we are always trying to do. I’m sure we have made improvements everywhere as a team, so we’re definitely looking to fight for better results this year. I’d like to thank everyone at the factory for their hard work over the winter in getting the car ready."

Massa added: "Securing third in the Constructors’ Championship for two consecutive years is a great achievement and one that comes with a lot of expectation - a momentum which I am excited to build on going into the new season.

"The team at the factory have worked really hard on the new car and we have spent a lot of time understanding where we need to improve. I have a lot of confidence in the team at Williams and I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the FW38 to see how it performs. I’m equally delighted to be teammates with Valtteri for another year. He is a very talented driver who brings a lot to the team.”


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