Valtteri Bottas is sure that Williams will bounce back from its difficult outing at the Monaco Grand Prix with a strong performance in Canada next weekend.
The Finnish driver crossed the line down in 14th place in Monaco last Sunday ahead of teammate Felipe Massa as the tight and twisting nature of the street circuit left both Williams drivers ailing.
Despite losing ground on Ferrari in the race for second place in the constructors’ championship, Bottas is confident that Williams’ Monaco form is not a sign of things to come in the next few races.
“We were never expecting Monaco to be one of our best tracks, but we never expected our performance to be this bad,” the Finn wrote in his blog for williamsf1.com. “We tried a lot of different things all weekend, some of them improved the situation a bit but clearly not enough to put us even close to where we should have been.
“But I’m not worried about the rest of the season because we’re going back to more normal type of circuits in the coming weeks.
“We have some updates for Canada and we were strong there last year, so that suggests we should be strong there again this year.
“I‘m really looking forward to Canada, but also to Austria and Silverstone because they should be good races for us.”
Bottas cannot wait to head to Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix as it is one of his favorite places to visit on the F1 calendar.
“I’ll be staying at home for a few days before going up to England to join the team and prepare for the Canadian Grand Prix,” he wrote. “On Sunday I’ll fly straight to Montreal to get used to the time difference and I’m looking forward to that.
“I think Montreal is a really cool place, in some ways it reminds me of Finland because it’s up north, so I enjoy being there.
“The track brings back very good memories, especially from my qualifying effort two years ago when I was third with a difficult car. It was great to show what I can do in difficult conditions, so going back there brings back positive memories.”