Williams sure of Singapore progression

By on Friday, September 19, 2014
Williams Martini Racing

Williams Martini Racing

Williams pair Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas believe that their positions during free practice for the Singapore Grand Prix do not reflect the squad's potential for this weekend's race.

Massa was 17th fastest while Bottas was over half a second further back in 18th, with the Brazilian almost two seconds down on pace setter Lewis Hamilton.

But both drivers are sure of improvements prior to Saturday's qualifying session.

"It was a very difficult day today as we were struggling a lot to balance the car and we need to resolve this tonight otherwise it will be a tough weekend for us," said Massa.

"We saw some improvement between first and second practice, but we need to find more gains in third practice if we are to have a qualifying that would satisfy us. We knew that this track wouldn’t suit our car as much as recent power circuits, but we have done lots of tests that will help us tomorrow."

"Today wasn’t an easy day for us as we struggled with the balance of the car from the very beginning, especially with the rear," added Bottas.

"The primary focus tonight will be squeezing more lap time from the Option tyre as we only gained half a second over the prime, whilst other teams gained as much as two seconds. I don’t think the position we have finished today is truly reflective, but the car is certainly not as easy to drive here as it has been recently so we need to work hard to find more lap time."

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