Williams enjoyed a rather quiet Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday as Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas eased to fifth and sixth place respectively at the Shanghai International Circuit.
Both drivers had hoped to challenge Ferrari for the final podium position during today’s race, but were quickly passed by Kimi Raikkonen off the line before falling back from the Italian marque’s cars.
However, the pace that Williams displayed was good enough to pull it clear of Lotus, leaving Massa and Bottas with a 30 second buffer to the cars ahead and the cars behind entering the final stages of the race.
Although these gaps were cut thanks to a late safety car period, both drivers were happy to pick up the maximum points on offer in China on Sunday.
“We had a good race today and I managed to get the most out of the car,” Massa said. “The team performed very well but we just don’t have the raw speed to catch the cars in front.
“I will work on my start as that is really the only thing that went wrong for us. We have scored the most amount of points available to us today.”
Bottas was less upbeat about his result after struggling to catch Massa, but was pleased to leave Shanghai with a good haul of points.
“It was a lonely race for me today,” Bottas said. “I struggled for race pace throughout, but as a team we got the best result we could have achieved.
“I would have liked to have kept Kimi behind for longer after getting in front of him at the start, but he made a good move on me to retake the position. There is quite a bit of work to do to catch the cars ahead, but it’s only race three, so there is plenty of time.”