Valtteri Bottas maximizing potential of FW35 car

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Starting P15 may not be ideal for any driver, but Valtteri Bottas believes that he did all he could in qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The Williams rookie squeezed through Q1 after setting the exact same time as his teammate Pastor Maldonado, but Bottas went through after he crossed the line earlier in the session. He admitted that he was fortunate to make it through.

“I had a bit of traffic in Q1 so I was quite lucky to get through given that one or two tenths can be the difference between progressing to Q2 or not,” Bottas said in a team statement.

“I put a good lap together in Q2, the best lap I’ve driven here this weekend, so I’m pleased about that.”

The Williams FW35 has proved troublesome for the team in 2013, with the team yet to score any points, but Bottas is fired up for the race tomorrow.

“I feel I got everything out of the car today but tomorrow will be a long race in these conditions, so I will be ready to challenge right from the start.”

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Williams will be disappointed to have not got both cars into Q2 at any race so far this season, and with his teammate outqualifying him here, the pressure may be on Pastor Maldonado upon Formula One’s return to the site of his first grand prix victory at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Wide range of tire selections for Mexican Grand Prix

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The focus this week is on the United States Grand Prix from Circuit of The Americas in Austin, but because it’s Tuesday, the Pirelli tire selections for next week’s Mexican Grand Prix are also out.

And for once, there’s a wide variance in selections.

Both Red Bull and Ferrari have gone for a more balanced portion of supersoft and ultrasoft tires, with Red Bull only selecting six sets of ultrasoft tires.

Meanwhile all other teams have gone between eight to 10 sets of ultrasoft tires.

The full breakdown is below.