Bottas says Williams struggled with conditions
15 March 2014 – Valtteri Bottas says that Williams struggled with the tyres in wet conditions during qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix.
Williams had shown strong pace during the dry practice sessions but in the wet the team rounded out the top 10, despite both cars making it into Q3 for the first time since 2012.
"The changeable conditions were very tricky for everyone today and on the whole I am a bit disappointed with finishing P10 in Q3," said Bottas, who will drop to 15th due to a penalty incurred after a gearbox change.
"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 will start from ninth place and believes reliability will be crucial in Sunday's race.
"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," said the Brazilian driver.
"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. The race could be very unpredictable tomorrow with reliability important, so we need to work hard to make sure that we have no problems with the car and use our stronger dry pace to make up some good positions."