Bottas delighted after ‘very good qualifying’ at Monza

Valtteri Bottas - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Valtteri Bottas felt his qualifying lap at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza on Saturday was one of the best of his career after grabbing fifth on the grid for the Italian Grand Prix.

The Williams Martini Racing driver felt he maximised the potential of his FW38, qualifying just 0.001 seconds faster than Daniel Ricciardo, and Bottas will have the advantage of starting on the cleaner side of the circuit on Sunday.

“I felt it was a very good qualifying today,” said Bottas. “Fifth is a good position to start in and I’ll be on the clean side of the track, so we definitely maximised the potential of the car.

“I felt I did one of my best qualifying’s ever.”

Bottas feels the team have a good chance of scoring a good number of points on Sunday for both himself and team-mate Felipe Massa, who he hopes can move forward from his eleventh place on the grid, in order to regain fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship from Sahara Force India.

“I think we have a good chance to score some good points and I hope Felipe can also come back from P11 with a free choice of tyres to get some strong points for the team,” said Bottas.