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Williams to continue with tyre system despite gaffe
September 4, 2015 / 12:49 PM / 2 years ago

Williams to continue with tyre system despite gaffe

MONZA, Italy (Reuters) - The Williams Formula One team will stick with their pitstop procedures despite a Belgian Grand Prix gaffe that saw Valtteri Bottas emerge from the pits with mis-matching tyres.

Valtteri Bottas of Williams during practice. Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Hoch Zwei

Deputy team principal Claire Williams said the problem at Spa two weeks ago had been caused by a combination of unfamiliarity with a new system and the failure of backup measures.

“We’d changed the way we laid our tyres out,” Williams told reporters at the Italian Grand Prix.

”Normally we had a vertical structure and then we changed it to a horizontal (one) and we just weren’t prepared enough for the new system we had in place.

”Equally, we have a ‘buddy’ system whereby no-one is solely responsible for such a big job but unfortunately that failed. So it was a variety of factors...but everyone makes mistakes so there is no blame.

“We will stick with the new system, we’ve just got to practise it a bit more.”

Williams carried out a full review of their pitstop procedures after the incident two weeks ago robbed the Finnish driver of the chance to fight for a podium finish. Television replays had focussed on one mechanic.

Bottas, who had started in third place, was handed a drive-through penalty after the team gave him three soft tyres and a medium at his first stop -- an error evident to television viewers given that the tyre walls are colour-coded.

He finished ninth.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Justin Palmer

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