Bottas rallies to fourth at Monza, but rues missed opportunity

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Williams driver Valtteri Bottas was one of the stand-out performers in yesterday’s Italian Grand Prix, fighting back from outside of the top ten to finish the race in fourth place.

However, the Finn was left rueing a poor start that saw him fall down the order after qualifying in third place on Saturday, and he feels that he has missed his best chance to win a race in 2014.

After dropping down to 11th off the line, Bottas managed to pass the likes of Kimi Raikkonen, Sergio Perez, Jenson Button, Kevin Magnussen and Sebastian Vettel with relative ease en route to fourth place at Monza. However, with Williams appearing to run Mercedes close during practice, the Finn feels that he could have done more.

“It’s a pity because today I came in before the race with the mentality that this is probably the best chance of the season to fight for the win, so fourth position is not really that satisfying,” the Finn said.

However, he was quick to look on the bright side, given that the result has elevated Williams up into third place in the constructors’ championship ahead of Ferrari.

”But we need to look at the positives because in the end we got good points for the team,” Bottas said. “Now we are ahead of Ferrari which I think if you compare to last year is a really good achievement.

Bottas and Massa will both be staying on at Williams for the 2015 F1 season following an announcement by the team on Sunday morning. If they continue to develop and impress as they have in 2014, Sir Frank Williams’ lofty aspirations of a first championship in 17 years may not be so improbable.