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GP Week : Issue 204
Williams has ruled out suggestions that its conservative tactics cost a win in the Austrian Grand Prix. Concerns about tyre wear prompted the team to not try to cover Nico Rosberg when he made his first tyre stop earlier than the Williams drivers, conceding the lead to the German driver: “T here’s a chance, if we’d done what Nico did, we wouldn’t have got to the end,” said Williams engineer Rob smedley. “Tyre wear was that close. I’m reasonably happy with what we did.” Rosberg’s longer middle stint gave him track position, allowing him to head Mercedes sixth 1-2 finish of the season. “From all the information we had at that point and everything we knew at that time and now know, I don’t think we could have got to the end of the race by doing it,” smedley said. “even the strategy we did, we were managing tyres and tyre wear, trying to keep wheelspin and lateral acceleration down in certain parts of the corner with driving styles, with electronic settings. “so it would have been fairly gung-ho and brave to have gone for it on that lap, and you look like a bit of an idiot if you finish your tyres with five or six laps to go and cars come streaming past you.” For his part, there was no-one happier in Austria on sunday than Valtteri Bottas: “Really happy for us as a team. We were really strong the whole weekend and that’s down to all the hard work. Of course it was a good track for us. You never know what’s going to happen in the next race but overall we are making progress. step- by-step we are getting there, getting closer to the positions where we belong.” Tyre strategy: Williams had "no choice" 29 GPWEEK.com // 29 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> AUSTRIA PARTNERS: