Williams driver Valtteri Bottas believes that his result at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is not reflective of his pace after finishing the race in 15th place.
Bottas dropped behind slower rivals at the start but ran within the top 10 for several parts of the race.
“I don’t think P15 was really reflective of the pace we had today,” he said.
“My race was compromised by the first lap when I was jumped by the Caterhams who started on the option tyres and so had more grip and were able to overtake me.”
“After the prime tyres started to work my race pace was very good and I was able to fight hard with the cars around me. The positive from this weekend is that the car is feeling better and we have definitely made some gains which is promising for the final two races.”
Team-mate Pastor Maldonado finished just outside of the points in 11th and is sure that traffic compromised his race.
“Today was a very tough race from the perspective of trying to manage the tyres, but we managed to cope with it pretty well,” he said.
“I certainly feel that the pace and consistency of the car has improved with the new aero package we ran this weekend and I could feel that the car was improving as the race went on.”
“Unfortunately I came out in to traffic after my second pitstop which meant that I couldn’t really show the improved pace we had, and in the end I had to settle for a finish just outside the points. Overall the weekend has seen some positive steps forward which will give us a boost for the next race.”