Bottas calm after lack of Friday running
4 April 2014 – Valtteri Bottas says there was "no point" in completing lots of mileage during Friday's pair of practice sessions in Bahrain.
The Finn, who was replaced by reserve driver Felipe Nasr for the opening session, completed only nine laps in the evening, while team-mate Felipe Massa racked up just 24 over the course of the day.
But Bottas made clear that his team has plenty of data from pre-season testing, which he feels took place amid similar conditions.
"We were waiting for the track to improve," said Bottas, who finished 11th in the second session. "We've done so much testing here and we've got a lot of data.
"The conditions were quite similar in the evening so we didn't really see the point to put mileage for nothing. We are quite confident with the car set-up. It's already pretty much there – we just need to fine-tune."
With Massa ending the day fifth fastest, Bottas reckons Williams has reason to feel confident about its potential this weekend.
"I really think we should aim to be top six in qualifying. It is possible if we get everything right," he said.