Bottas hoping for rain in race tomorrow

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Valtteri Bottas is banking on the Belgian Grand Prix being a wet race despite being caught out in the tricky conditions today during qualifying at Spa-Francorchamps.

The Finnish driver stunned the F1 world when he finished an incredible P3 in the last wet qualifying session at the Canadian Grand Prix. However, he could not emulate this form today and qualified a disappointing twentieth.

“It was very tricky,” Bottas explained after qualifying. “I think the track was getting better quicker than we expected and in the end the slicks were the right option. It’s easy to say afterwards, but we were on the wrong tire at the end.”

Max Chilton, Jules Bianchi and Giedo van der Garde were all able to make it through on the slick tire whilst Bottas and teammate Pastor Maldonado were stuck on intermediates. Despite the conditions hindering his qualifying effort today, the Finn is still hoping for wet weather in the race tomorrow.

“I still hope for some rain. Starting from so far back, it could be tricky in the dry. Rain can always mix things up, so it would be better for us.”

Williams’ season so far has been highly disappointing, scoring a single point in the opening ten races. However, Bottas has already proved this season that he can excel in the wet, meaning that if the forecast rain strikes Spa tomorrow, we could yet see the team fighting for points once again.

Daniel Ricciardo would relish being Lewis Hamilton’s teammate

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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo says he would relish the challenge of having Lewis Hamilton as his teammate if he joins Mercedes next year.

Ricciardo is out of contract at Red Bull at the end of the season and expressed interest in joining teams like Mercedes or Ferrari to help him challenge for the championship.

The Australian says he would “love to obviously be challenged against the best and Lewis is obviously up there.”

He adds: “I don’t want to say it’s just Lewis I’m looking for but that would be a good challenge.”

Ricciardo says he won’t accept a faster car if it means playing second fiddle to an established star.

He says “there’s always been really good clarity and fairness (at Red Bull) … and I would expect that environment everywhere.”