Bottas targets Ferrari and Red Bull

By on Saturday, August 23, 2014
Williams Martini Racing

Williams Martini Racing

Valtteri Bottas is sure that Williams can fight rivals Ferrari and Red Bull despite admitting that he didn't qualify as high as possible for the Belgian Grand Prix.

Bottas topped the final practice session in dry conditions earlier on Saturday but could manage only sixth during wet weather in qualifying.

"The final practice where I finished P1 showed that we have a very strong car in the dry, but wet conditions allow other cars to move closer to us and unfortunately we didn’t qualify as high today as we can," he said.

"I lost some tyre temperature in my warm up lap because of traffic which is crucial for us and this made my final run trickier than the ones before, and throughout qualifying we were losing time in the second sector.

"Our wet pace has improved a lot though since the beginning of the season and P6 is still a good grid slot. We can still do a lot tomorrow and if it is a dry race then we stand a good chance of challenging Ferrari and Red Bull."

Felipe Massa was ninth and blamed traffic for his grid slot.

"The rain was very tricky today and prevented us from showing our true pace," he said.

"Our pace looked solid in Q1 and Q2, but I had traffic in Q3 on my warm up lap and because of that I was not able to warm my tyres up properly which stopped me getting the full performance out of the car on my flying lap.

"Even though the track was drying and getting quicker in Q3, I was slower than my Q2 time so that shows that I could have gone faster if my lap had come together."

 


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