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2014-04-11 10:41

YET TO GRAB A PODIUM: After three races Valtteri Bottas‘ highest race finish is fifth in 2014. The rookie believes Williams has yet to unlock the full potential of its FW36 car. AFP/Marwan Naamani

Valtteri Bottas has admitted Williams is yet to display its full potential in 2014.

Despite a horror 2013 season, following its switch to Mercedes power, the team was billed as a contender for wins and even the title in 2014 on the basis of its performance in winter testing.

Although performing solidly in the three races so far (Bahrain, Malaysia, Australia), Bottas and team mate Felipe Massa have yet to finish on the podium.


Bottas told the Finnish broadcaster MTV3: "Sundays have not been a complete success for us. Certain things, like strategy, have been left to be desired.

"We think really good results will happen, hopefully as soon as possible."

The 24-year-old admitted that the industry-leading Mercedes engine had been an early boost to Williams' 2014 form.

Bottas said: "Especially in Melbourne we felt that the engine was a definite advantage. The difference was smaller in Malaysia  and Bahrain, as the others are developing all the time."

At the same time, the FW36 is consistently showing some of the highest overall top speeds at circuits.

Bottas said: "That also reflects the weaknesses of our car.  Maybe we have a little less drag than the others, because we also have less downforce. Sometimes, what we gain on the straight, we lose in the corners.

It means that, although a pre-season favourite, Williams is currently the lowest-ranked team with Mercedes power, behind the works team, Force India and McLaren.

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