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Williams beats Ferrari: tire management as the key

Williams beats Ferrari
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F errari is orienting itself forward towards Mercedes. But instead of moving closer to the big goal, Williams pulls past the Italians. In Canada and Austria, a Scuderia Williams snatched the last podium place. In qualifying for the Austrian GP 2015, Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas now left both Kimi Räikkönen and Sebastian Vettel behind. Massa grunted almost three tenths of a second to the faster of the two red cars.

Tight duel between Massa and Bottas

Starting positions three and four are the best result for Williams in the 2015 season rolled into one Qualifying. In the first shot in the third qualifying part, Massa and Bottas sat in front of Ferrari. In the last attempt on the medium tires, an exciting duel developed between the Brazilian and the Finn. With a better outcome for Massa.

In 1: 33.085 minutes, the 2008 vice world champion took third place. 'We fought closely throughout qualifying, especially in Q3. In the end, I just managed to put in a fantastic lap and undercut my time a little.' For Bottas, the stopwatch stopped at 1: 33.149 minutes. And that in both runs in Q3. That is a rarity.

After the training sessions, it did not look like a second row for Williams. In the first training session, neither Massa nor the substitute pilot Susie Wolff made it into the top 10. In the second training session, the 34-year-old veteran finished tenth. On Saturday morning it was enough for him and Bottas for positions seven and eight.

Small changes bring the desired result

'It wasn't an easy weekend for us. We had problems with overheating tires. Both front and rear,' said Bottas. 'We knew that we had to find something for Saturday. And we also knew that we would improve. In qualifying it went really well, the car fit.'

As Bottas reported, they did Fixed problems with minor changes. For example, by adjusting the tire pressure or the brake ventilation. The teams partly use the heat from the brake discs to heat the tires faster. For this, the interaction with the ventilation must be right. 'For us it was all about tire management. We didn't want anything big about the aerobalance or the mechanicsto change. Because the wind is always turning here. You can easily get confused with changes that are too big. '

The big update that Williams introduced in Austria pays off particularly at Silverstone. In the fast corners, downforce is required.' We have more downforce and are now simply better in the high-speed corners, 'says Bottas.

Massa in the shape of 2008?

And how does he want to storm past his team-mate onto the podium?' I hope I will have a good start and reverse the order. 'But Massa, who is in the paddock after qualifying played a round of football with his son is in strong form. In the qualifying duel the former Ferrari driver is 6-3. In the World Cup he is just a little closer to Bottas, where the Finn has the upper hand with 67 to 62 points Will we still see the best Massa since 2008? The Brazilian is modest. 'I feel that I drive well and understand the tires.'


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