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Bottas: Reliability a key strength for Williams in 2015

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Valtteri Bottas was quick to praise the reliability of the Williams FW37 car after enjoying a successful final day of pre-season testing in Barcelona.

The Finnish driver ended the day at the top of the timesheets, posting a fastest lap of 1:23.063 to finish four-tenths of a second clear of Sebastian Vettel in second place.

Williams has slowly come alive across the course of the winter, topping two of the final four days of testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Bottas was pleased with his performance on Sunday, saying that it was the perfect way to close out the winter.

“It was a really good day and a great way to finish the test,” Bottas said. “One of the main points we have learned is that the FW37 is very reliable. The car we are taking to Melbourne is very competitive and should make for an interesting start to the season.

“We have made the most out of our time testing and I need to say a really big thanks to the team, not only trackside but also everyone back at the factory as they have produced a really quick and reliable car.”

Judging by the times in the final test, Williams heads to the opening race of the year in Australia as the second quickest team. Although its one-lap and race pace does not match that of defending champions Mercedes, the British team appears to have an edge on Ferrari and Red Bull in the battle to be ‘best of the rest’ in 2015.

The new season kicks off with practice for the Australian Grand Prix on March 13.