Bottas qualified fifth and Massa sixth for tomorrow’s Bahrain GP

Valtteri Bottas: "I’m not unhappy to get P5 as it is representative of our pace."

Both Williams drivers made it safely through into Q3 after just one run on the option tyres in Q2.

The team worked well to maximise the performance of the car in qualifying with Valtteri ending the session just 0.154s adrift of Räikkönen’s Ferrari in fourth.

Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: "It was a good qualifying for us, our cars are fifth and sixth quickest out there and we also saved tyres for the race. The team has worked well together, probably the best we have all year. We have maximised the potential from qualifying and have set ourselves up well for the race but we do still need a bit more performance out of the package to fight with the cars in front."

Valtteri Bottas: "I’m not unhappy to get P5 as it is representative of our pace. The race is long and will be tougher than today, the start will be especially important considering Turn One can produce problems. As a team we did a good job, we got the best out of the tyres and it is refreshing to finally get a clean qualifying session."

Felipe Massa: "I did a great lap in Q2, so was upset not to replicate this in Q3 after a few mistakes. The best position I could have achieved today was P5 and Valtteri has that, so the cars are where they should be. Overtaking is possible here so we can have a good race, but tyre management and strategy will be important. I am not unhappy, we are not out of position and there is a long race ahead tomorrow."

Pos.
Driver
Team
Q1
Q2
Q3
1.
Mercedes
1:33.928 (1st)
1:32.669 (1st)
1:32.571
2.
S. Vettel
1:34.919 (7th)
1:33.623 (4th)
1:32.982
3.
N. Rosberg
Mercedes
1:34.398 (3rd)
1:33.878 (5th)
1:33.129
5.
V. Bottas
WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING
1:34.161 (2nd)
1:33.897 (6th)
1:33.381
6.
F. Massa
WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING
1:34.488 (4th)
1:33.551 (3rd)
1:33.744

 Williams Martini Racing

 

 

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Series Formula 1
Event Bahrain GP
Sub-event Saturday qualifying
Track Bahrain International Circuit
Drivers Felipe Massa , Valtteri Bottas
Article type Qualifying report
Tags williams