Valtteri Bottas: “I felt like I got everything out of the car”

Valtteri Bottas - Credit: Steven Tee/Williams

Valtteri Bottas felt that he got everything he could out of his Williams Martini Racing FW38 during qualifying, and will start the British Grand Prix from sixth place on the grid on Sunday.

The Finnish driver initially set the seventh fastest time during Saturday’s qualifying, but will inherit one place with Sebastian Vettel’s gearbox penalty, but Bottas believes that he could not have done anything more during the session to improve his position.

Bottas hopes the team can get the tyres to work better in race conditions than they did a week ago in Austria where both the Finn and team-mate Felipe Massa struggled in order to have a strong race at Silverstone this weekend.

“I felt like I got everything out of the car today, which is always a nice feeling as a driver,” said Bottas. “I was hoping we could be closer to the front-runners.

“There is a little bit of a gap which we are working flat out for, so the thing to do now is to focus on the race. It’s a new day tomorrow and weather may play a part in the race, so if we can get our tyres to work better than in Austria, I’m sure we can have a good strategy for a good race.”