Rain masks Williams potential in qualifying
23 August 2014 – Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa blamed the wet weather on their Williams team's low key qualifying performance in Belgium.
Having looked set to be the nearest challenger to Mercedes in the dry, Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren put cars ahead of Williams in qualifying.
Bottas, who had topped the morning's wet/dry final practice session, had to make do with sixth position, while Massa was a distant ninth.
"The final practice where I finished P1 showed that we have a very strong car in the dry, but wet conditions allow other cars to move closer to us and unfortunately we didn't qualify as high today as we can," said Bottas.
"I lost some tyre temperature in my warm up lap because of traffic which is crucial for us and this made my final run trickier than the ones before, and throughout qualifying we were losing time in the second sector."
"The rain was very tricky today and prevented us from showing our true pace," Massa added.
"Our pace looked solid in Q1 and Q2, but I had traffic in Q3 on my warm up lap and because of that I was not able to warm my tyres up properly which stopped me getting the full performance out of the car on my flying lap.
"Even though the track was drying in Q3, I was slower than my Q2 time so that shows I could have gone faster."