Bottas downbeat over Ferrari challenge

By on Saturday, April 11, 2015
Williams Martini Racing

Williams Martini Racing

Williams' Valtteri Bottas says that it will be difficult for the squad to challenge Ferrari during the Chinese Grand Prix, despite splitting the Italian team's cars in qualifying.

Felipe Massa and Bottas qualified in fourth and fifth places to edge ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, but Bottas believes that Williams will be unable to take the fight to Ferrari in race trim.

"Obviously [it's] a good step from practice but from Q2 onwards I struggled with rear stability compared to all the weekend," said Bottas.

"Our car is quicker than in Malaysia and that’s why we could be fourth and fifth so it’s good. [But] it'll be more difficult as we know they [Ferrari] have more race pace than us but we are at least between and we can try and make their day difficult."

Massa says that Williams will have to be on form if it is to beat Ferrari in the race.

"We will try, we know it’s not easy but we need to do the best we can," he said. "They have an amazing car and good pace but I hope we can show [form]. Yesterday, I couldn’t do my long run as I crashed but I hope it will be good tomorrow."

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