Williams drivers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa are both hoping for improved pace in tomorrow’s Hungarian Grand Prix after only qualifying sixth and eighth on Saturday.
The tight and twisting nature of the Hungaroring plays against the strengths of the Williams FW37 car, making a top ten grid slot an achievement in itself for both cars.
However, the team had been fighting at the very front of the grid last time out at Silverstone, making today’s qualifying result something of a come down for Bottas and Massa.
Nevertheless, Bottas was still pleased with his result, believing P6 was the maximum that he could achieve with his car.
“As expected it was a really close qualifying and we were just a few tenths slower than we wanted to be,” Bottas said. “I got everything I could of from the car so I am pleased with my performance.
“Tomorrow is the points day, and we have a bit of work to do, but we will fight to the end.”
Massa finished two places behind his teammate, but admitted that he had lost time on his final lap in qualifying.
“ I am content, I would like to have been further up the grid, but I just didn’t deliver a clean lap,” the Brazilian admitted. “I will focus on making the most of the tires tomorrow and hope we can have a better car in the race than qualifying.
“The lower temperature expected tomorrow could also play into our hands. I have a lot to do and let’s hope we both get starts similar to Silverstone.”
The Hungarian Grand Prix is live on CNBC and Live Extra from 7:30am ET on Sunday.