Williams must target wins in 2016 - Bottas

Valtteri Bottas says his Williams team must target a victory in the 2016 F1 season, even though he admits beating Mercedes will not be easy.

The Grove-based team has finished third in the constructors' championship in the past two seasons, scoring a total of 13 podium finishes but failing to claim a victory.

Its last win came in the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix thanks to Pastor Maldonado.

Bottas reckons it is just a matter of time for Williams to return to wining ways.

"For sure I want to win. At the moment in Formula 1 with the level where we are as a team it's very difficult, but you always need to try," said Bottas during a Martini event in Italy.

"I believe it is possible. It should be just a matter of time. We need to keep pushing for that and wait for the opportunity. I also want to be consistently on the podium.

"So I think that is a good goal for the year."

He added: "I still haven't won a race, so I'm definitely aiming for that. It's been a few times on the podium, but no wins, so I think that's a good goal for the year."

Deputy team principal Claire Williams admitted that while she would not be disappointed to finish third again, she really wants her team to win again.

"My business head says no, and my heart says yes – because I want to win a race," Williams said when asked if she'd be disappointed with third.

"I want this team to win a race. That is what I want for us.

"And not just one: I don't want it to be a fluke or a one off, because someone else has not done what they need to do. I want us to win a race.

"I hope we have done enough to get in the mix because people want to see more teams at the top. I would like to think we are: I would like to think it is going to be tough.

"Everyone knows the might of Mercedes and Ferrari and what they are able to put into their programmes is somewhat greater than what we are able to, but I believe we have done a good enough job.

"But I don't believe we will know exactly where we are until we do get to Melbourne. I really do hope we are in that mix."

Additional reporting by Roberto Chinchero

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Valtteri Bottas
Teams Williams
Article type Breaking news