Valtteri Bottas will start tomorrow’s Belgian Grand Prix from third place on the grid after Williams enjoyed a near-perfect qualifying session at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.
After finishing no higher than ninth in practice, Williams bounced back on Saturday afternoon as Bottas finished behind only the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in Q3.
With just 0.3 seconds separating third to ninth in the final stage of qualifying, the battle behind the Silver Arrows was a close one, but was won by Bottas as he edged out Romain Grosjean for P3.
The result marked Bottas’ first top three finish in qualifying of the year, and his first since last year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
“Yeah, good to be back in the top three in qualifying,” Bottas said. “It was a good session for us. We knew after practice looking at the timesheets there was so much more we could do when we put everything together in the car.
“In Q3, it was up to me to try and put the lap together, try and put every corner together, which isn’t easy in this kind of track. had two good runs in Q3 and luckily that was enough for P3.
“Analyzing everything after practice, we knew it was going to be really close after these guys, so we knew possibly P3 could be possible if we did everything perfectly.
“It was close, and we managed to get everything right, so this was the result.”
The Belgian Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7:30am ET on Sunday.