Bottas pleased to unlock Williams potential
5 April 2014 – Valtteri Bottas says he is delighted to have finally been able to demonstrate the potential of the Williams FW36 after qualifying in third place for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Bottas and Williams shone during pre-season testing at the circuit but suffered a couple of difificult qualifying sessions in the wet in Australia and Malaysia.
The Finn, however, stormed to fourth place under the floodlights at Sakhir and will start third following Daniel Ricciardo's 10-place grid penalty.
"It was a good qualifying session; I think we got the maximum out of the car today," he said. "After the Red Bull penalty we are third and after the last two races it's good to see the full potential of the car on a Saturday.
"We haven't done too many laps this weekend so there are things we can still improve for the race, but if we get the strategy right and take the opportunities that come our way we should be in for a good result."
Felipe Massa expressed slight disappointment at qualifying seventh but reckons Williams will be in the hunt for a sizeable haul of points in the race.
"That was not a very easy qualifying," he said. "I made a few mistakes on my lap in Q3 as I had a bit of oversteer, so lost some time and I really should have been quicker.
"We will start P7 tomorrow after Ricciardo's penalty and it's a long race so a lot could happen. We look competitive which is good to see, and we are in the fight."