Penalised Bottas says Williams had more pace

By on Saturday, March 15, 2014
Williams Martini

Williams Martini

Valtteri Bottas admitted disappointment after qualifying in tenth place for the Australian Grand Prix.

Despite making it through to Q3 for only the third time in his career, the Finn reckoned there was more raw pace in the FW36.

Bottas will start from 15th place on the grid due to a penalty for a gearbox change.

"The changeable conditions were very tricky for everyone today and on the whole I am a bit disappointed with finishing P10 in Q3," he said.

"We had the raw pace to finish further up, but struggled to get the intermediate and wet tyres to work properly. But we should take a positive from getting both cars through to Q3 as it has been a while since that has happened.

"It's a shame that we have had to change my gearbox as our reliability has looked so good in testing, but our dry pace has looked quite strong so if the weather is good then we will have a good chance of finishing in the points tomorrow."

Team-mate Felipe Massa was ninth fastest and agreed that the wet conditions hampered Williams.

"Getting both cars into Q3 is a step forward for the team compared to last season, but we definitely had a car capable of finishing higher up the grid today," he said.

"The car was feeling good in the dry in FP3 and Q1, but on the wet track we were struggling with downforce in the rear of the car and these conditions probably hurt us more than others."

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