Bottas qualifies third and Massa fifth for tomorrow’s Japanese GP

Valtteri Bottas: "We have limited data on tyre wear due to the conditions yesterday, but starting third we need to target the podium tomorrow."

Neither Williams driver had a chance to improve on their final runs in Q3 as the session was red flagged following an accident for Kvyat.

Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: "The important point to make first is that Kvyat is ok, after what was a big accident. Without the red flag we could have taken third and fourth, and that was our target coming into the session. It was a great team effort throughout the whole day and we have a competitive car. The longer runs look good and we have to convert qualifying into a strong points score over our competitors tomorrow."

Valtteri Bottas: "I’m really happy to be third again in Suzuka. It has been a good day. We made some changes after FP3 and those changes were exactly what we needed, so as a team we have really performed well. I feel comfortable with the car and around here that is very important. I enjoyed the session a lot. We have limited data on tyre wear due to the conditions yesterday, but starting third we need to target the podium tomorrow."

Felipe Massa: "It was a good qualifying where we managed to save a set of tyres for tomorrow. The car was competitive even if I didn’t get to show its full pace due to the red flag in Q3. After such a big accident it’s good to see Daniil jump out of the car. We have a long race tomorrow which we are looking forward to and I believe we can deliver a strong performance."

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Series Formula 1
Event Japanese GP
Sub-event Saturday qualifying
Track Suzuka
Drivers Felipe Massa , Valtteri Bottas
Teams Williams
Article type Qualifying report