The Williams F1 pit crew made a terribly wrong task at Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix, after that Bottas’ tyre incident the team have promised a full review of their pitstop procedures.
“I am clearly disappointed with what has happened to Valtteri. As a team we have made a mistake, and on behalf of the team I am very sorry that we cost him what could have been a podium position.” performance engineering head Rob Smedley said.
“There will be an investigation into the processes in place to understand what happened fully, and to put in place a procedure to stop this happening again. The rest of our race was dictated by the lack of pace in the first stint and from then on we had to fight our way back. The big difference at this race was that there were five teams all with very similar race pace.”
“Unfortunately though, because so many cars were close in performance, the result was dictated primarily by what happened in the first stint when we were struggling.”
“After that we had the pace on the prime tyre and as a result still managed to finish with both cars in the points. We have gained on Ferrari and lost very few points to Red Bull which is positive considering the day we have had.””As a team we have made a mistake, and on behalf of the team I am very sorry that we cost him what could have been a podium position,”
The victim Valtteri Bottas believes that tyre fault cost the chance of fifth place finish in Spa. Following the tyre incident, the Finn was handed a drive-through penalty for the mix up, dropping him down the order and finally managed ninth-place finish.
“I was told that just maybe there was a mistake with the tyre pressure or something. The car wasn’t too bad, it felt a bit strange. Then I heard the wrong tyre was in there. Looking back at our pace, we lost about fifth place I think,” Bottas told Sky after the race.
“We still need a more efficient car aero-wise. If we added more downforce for the middle sector, we lost out a bit in the first and third sectors so we never really found the ideal compromise.” The Finn added
Williams have 161 points to Ferrari’s 242 and Red Bull’s 108. Championship leaders Mercedes are way ahead on 426.