Bottas hopes to be 'best of the rest'
7 June 2014 – Valtteri Bottas is hoping that Williams will emerge as Mercedes' main challenger in this afternoon's qualifying session for the Canadian Grand Prix, after the outfit enjoyed an encouraging final hour of practice.
While the Finn clocked the seventh fastest time of the session, within reach of the Ferrari and Red Bull machines directly ahead of him, team-mate Felipe Massa was able to split the Silver Arrows drivers and finish second.
Although he admits the works Mercedes duo will likely be unbeatable in qualifying, having set the pace in FP3 despite failing to utilise the Super Soft rubber, Bottas reckons a place on the second row is a realistic target.
"We're looking good," Bottas told the BBC. "We're quite strong. It's not just quali pace, it's race pace.
"The car is sleek with low drag and really quick on the straights. On this kind of track it really helps.
"Mercedes are definitely strongest. Hopefully then us. It will be close with Red Bull and Ferrari, for sure."
During last season's wet qualifying session at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Bottas claimed third on the grid.