Valtteri Bottas expressed his disappointment at missing out on a spot in Q3 during qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Bottas will start the race from 16th place but felt that Williams could have fought for a top 10 grid slot.
“I was expecting that we would be fighting for a place in Q3 so I’m a little disappointed,” he said.
“As the track conditions were improving other car’s times were dropping but we were not able to benefit from that extra grip as much. I was also held up by traffic on my final run which cost me a few tenths.”
“It’s not the best place to start the race but we know that around this track we can be quite strong on long runs so I expect that we will be able to move up tomorrow.”
Fifteenth place Pastor Maldonado felt that traffic limited his chances.
“I had a strong Q1 but in Q2 I struggled with traffic and wasn’t able to put a clean lap together, with the cars that crossed the line after me benefitted from the increased rubber on track,” he said.
“We have made some updates for this weekend and the car is feeling more consistent which will help us tomorrow in the race, and overall I feel that we have made a positive step forward.”