Bottas sure Williams can challenge Red Bull

Bottas sure Williams can challenge Red Bull

7 June 2014 – Valtteri Bottas is adamant that Williams can challenge Red Bull for the podium positions after the Finn set the fourth fastest time during qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix.

Bottas was just 0.002s shy of eclipsing reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel for third place on the grid but the Williams racer is confident of overhauling his Red Bull rival in Sunday's race.

"We need to be happy with the result," he said.

"It was really, really close. On the last run there was some traffic which cost the opportunity to improve the time, but luckily I had done a good lap on the first run in Q3.

"We've been competitive all weekend so I'm looking forward to the race. I'm very happy with the car, we've made so much progress. I know we can challenge Red Bull here and we have great straightline speed, so we'll see."

Felipe Massa was narrowly behind Bottas in fifth place, which provided Williams with their best joint qualifying result in eight years.

"It was a good session, definitely our car shows good performance," he said.

"It was very tight from position three to six, with five cars in one tenth, so third was possible. Unfortunately I didn't have the perfect lap and it wasn't enough to be third, but I cannot be disappointed. I feel really happy for the car we have."

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