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With Williams going into its 600th Grand Prix tomorrow at Silverstone, the team – which has not scored any points in this year’s World Championship – is hoping that Race Day will be a better day after a difficult qualifying run.
The team’s rookie racer, Valterri Bottas, was unable to advance out of Q1 on Saturday, and later said that the Silverstone circuit “showed the weaknesses of our car.”
“There are always things you can do better during a lap but we didn’t have the pace to be in the top ten today, so we need to do everything we can to get closer,” said Bottas, who will start 16th. “We will look at our strategy going into tomorrow and try to maximize our potential for the race.”
According to comments from Williams technical director Mike Coughlan, the FW35 of Bottas and teammate Pastor Maldonado (who did crack Q2 and will start 15th tomorrow) is “competitive” in Silverstone’s high-speed corners, but lacking in the slower sections.
That may mean another day outside of the points, and perhaps a muted celebration of the team’s otherwise impressive milestone of 600 races in Formula One.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won Formula One’s Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday for his eighth career victory in a race which ended disastrously for both Ferrari drivers.
Verstappen controlled nearly all the race at Interlagos, which saw a dramatic late collision between Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc when they fought for the fourth position. Both failed to finish.
Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly got his first F1 podium after finishing second ahead of six-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton. The Mercedes driver was third but faces an investigation after an incident that caused Red Bull’s Alexander Albon to spin.
Hamilton, who won at Interlagos in 2018, said Verstappen was “just quicker than us on the straights” and “there was nothing more we could do.”
Dutch driver Verstappen said “Lewis was very quick so I had to keep pushing… we had two good moves with him, and from there onward I could control the race.”
McLaren’s Carlos Sainz was fourth, and could be promoted to third if Hamilton is punished.
The Brazilian GP on Sunday was the penultimate race of the season, with only Abu Dhabi left on Dec.1.
Hamilton had already secured the season title in the previous race in the United States. His Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who did not finish the race, had also secured the runner-up spot.