BARCELONA, May 10, 2014 (AFP) - Rising Finnish star Valtteri Bottas confirmed his and the revived Williams team's resurgence by claiming fourth place on the grid ahead of both Ferraris for Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix.
Bottas, 24, in his second season as a Formula One driver, is one of only four to have scored points in every one of this season's four races to date, pulled a big performance out of the bag just when it was needed.
He had been out-performed by much more experienced Brazilian team-mate Felipe Massa throughout the weekend until the Q3 session when Massa lost seven-tenths of a second in the final sector.
Bottas said: "It feels really nice, it was quite a tough weekend until qualifying.
"We made some big set-up changes for qualifying and it really made a big difference. I had much more confidence in the car.
"I'm happy with P4 (fourth place). Here it's difficult to overtake, so I'm looking forward to it. Mercedes are unbeatable, Red Bull look quick, but after that it should be a good race."
Both Williams made it to Q3 during qualifying, but one of them did not look as happy as the first, and that was Felipe Massa.
The Brazilian was having a btter weekend until his teammate beat him on his hot lap.
"I am disappointed with my lap today as I lost the rear in Turn 10 after braking, it's nothing to do with the car, it was my mistake.
"I had been doing really well throughout the rest of the session so feel annoyed I didn't do it when it really mattered.
"The race is long tomorrow and the car has good potential so we have a lot to do." Declared a frustrated Massa.