Massa delighted as Williams enjoys best qualifying of season at Silverstone

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Felipe Massa made no secret of his happiness after Williams enjoyed its strongest qualifying of the 2015 Formula 1 season so far at Silverstone on Saturday.

Massa qualified third for tomorrow’s British Grand Prix ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas as both managed to beat nearest rivals Ferrari for the first time this season.

“I think it was a fantastic day for us,” Massa said. “It’s amazing to see how many people are here. It’s also our home grand prix for the team, so I’m sure it was great to see me and Valtteri third and fourth.

“We were fighting each other through the qualifying, especially in Q3. Just managed to get a fantastic lap at the end. So happy. Really looking forward that tomorrow we can have a strong race especially in this fight with Ferrari.”

Ferrari has led the way in the battle to be ‘best of the rest’ behind Mercedes at the front, winning in Malaysia and claiming five further podium finishes.

However, Massa was delighted that Williams managed to beat both of the Italian marque’s cars so comfortably in qualifying on Saturday, and hopes that this form can carry over into the race.

“Today I think is a very important day to us to see that we can be in front of Ferrari with both cars, and I hope we can be also tomorrow,” he said.

“It’s really nice and I’m very happy with what we did today. Just need to concentrate on tomorrow now.”

The British Grand Prix is live on CNBC and Live Extra from 7:30am ET on Sunday.