Bottas targets podium after achieving 'maximum'

By on Saturday, April 30, 2016
Williams Martini Racing

Williams Martini Racing

Valtteri Bottas says he and Williams should target its first podium of the 2016 season after a promising qualifying performance at the Russian Grand Prix.

Bottas qualified in third position at the Sochi Autodrom but will start alongside Nico Rosberg on the front row of the grid following a penalty for Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

Williams has typically performed strongly in Russia, with Bottas finishing on the podium in 2014 before being eliminated from third position on the final lap last season.

"I’m very pleased with our qualifying performance; it was the maximum result I think we could have achieved, and my lap in Q3 was very good," he said.

"It now puts us in a very good position for the race and we need to focus on turning a good qualifying, into a good race performance.

"This is a track that I really like and normally do well at, and it’s a track that suits our car. The new parts we have introduced are helping us, so the team at the factory and track have done a good job in improving the car.

"We have some fast cars starting behind us which will make the race difficult, but a podium will be the target."

Felipe Massa will start from fourth position and believes Williams has to take advantage of problems for others, as well as the suitability of the FW38 to the Sochi layout.

"We were a bit lucky with the penalties for Ferrari and Mercedes but I think it was definitely a good session," he said.

"We just need to concentrate to have a good race tomorrow. Anything is possible and it’s probably the best track for us so far this season, so we’ll try and put everything together in the race."

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