Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa are both delighted to have qualified on the second row of the grid for tomorrow’s Italian Grand Prix, and are looking to translate it into a strong result for Williams that could elevate the team to third place in the constructors’ championship.
Bottas will start the race at Monza from third place on the grid, having finished as the ‘best of the rest’ behind the two Mercedes drivers at the front of the field.
The Finn’s long run pace during practice on Friday suggests that he could even be in the running to claim his maiden grand prix victory, and he hopes that he can give the Silver Arrows something to worry about on Sunday.
“I really hope so,” said Bottas when asked if he could challenge for the race win. “From Friday to today they [Mercedes] seem to have a bit more pace. In qualifying we expected that maybe we could be a little bit closer to them today but yeah, I really hope so.
“I think we have solid race pace and it just depends how much more pace they have left than on Friday.”
For Massa, fourth place is a great result, and the Brazilian hopes that he can carry this form over into the race. However, he does not think that this is his last chance to win a race in 2014.
“I don’t think this is the way I need to think about it,” he said. “Maybe it’s a track we can have good pace, and we need to try to do the best we can.”
With a good points haul this weekend, Williams could move up to third place in the constructors’ championship ahead of Ferrari, who endured a difficult session on Saturday afternoon.
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