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Bottas confident Williams is yet to reach its peak

Aug 21, 2014, 11:35 AM EST

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Valtteri Bottas is confident that Williams is yet to reach its peak despite producing an incredible turnaround to return to the fight at the front in F1 this year.

Last year, the team scored just five points in the whole of the season, leaving it ninth in the constructors’ come the end of the year.

In 2014 though, things have been very different, with Bottas and teammate Felipe Massa racking up 135 points in total so far, putting Williams in third place. With its strongest circuits still to come, it could get better still for the British team.

Although he is yet to confirm where he will be driving in 2015, Bottas sees no reason to leave Williams despite speculation linking him with a drive at McLaren.

“It’s still too early to say anything,” Bottas explained in Belgium. “Personally, I don’t see a reason to look around at this moment. It’s too early to say, it’s better to wait for confirmation. Then we’ll speak when we have something to say.

“I really think this team is not at its peak yet. I really think the direction is right, and I’m confident that this team can still be better than what we have seen this year. I’m really confident here and wouldn’t mind continuing.”

Bottas also revealed that he has noticed an increase in recognition in his native Finland, after going back home for the summer break.

“You can see the difference. Everyone in Finland, they follow Formula 1 quite closely, and you see the difference. A lot of support, I have to say. Everything has been really positive.”

Bottas will be hoping to secure his fourth podium finish of the season this weekend in Belgium, and could even be in the mix for a race win if Williams makes up some ground on the Mercedes cars at the head of the field.

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