Bottas surprised by second row grid spot
26 July 2014 – Williams driver Valtteri Bottas has admitted to feeling surprised over his third-place starting position for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The Finn had expected his team to struggle at the Hungaroring, which is more reliant on aerodynamics than outright engine performance.
But he posted a strong lap amid tricky Q3 conditions to reach the second row, between Red Bull duo Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo.
"I think maybe a little bit of a surprise," said Bottas, when asked for his feelings during the post-qualifying press conference.
"We knew that Red Bull would be quick here, also Ferrari and Mercedes as always.
"The nature of the track is not the best for us but we worked well as a team to bring some upgrades. We are still missing some grip to the other cars, but today was good for us. We have a chance for some good points."
Felipe Massa was almost a second slower than Bottas in the sister Williams, although the Brazilian is running with an older floor this weekend as a result of his collision with Kevin Magnussen at the German Grand Prix.