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Bottas aiming to challenge Red Bull

The Finnish driver said traffic cost him the opportunity to improve.
Saturday, June 7, 2014


7th June, 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Valtteri Bottas says he is confident that Williams can challenge the Red Bull during the Canadian Grand Prix.

Bottas and teammate Felipe Massa performed well during qualifying and are aided by the Mercedes power unit which means they are faster than Red Bull on the straights.

“I’m very happy with the car, we’ve made so much progress. I know we can challenge Red Bull here and we have great straightline speed, so we’ll see.” Bottas said.

The Finn said he was happy with fourth place even though traffic cost him the chance to improve upon his fastest lap.

“We need to be happy with the result. It was really, really close. On the last run there was some traffic which cost the opportunity to improve the time, but luckily I had done a good lap on the first run in Q3.” he said.

“We’ve been competitive all weekend so I’m looking forward to the race.”

Massa was also pleased with their performance and is confident that they can have a competitive race.

The Brazilian driver qualified fifth but was not disappointed with missing out on third place.

It was a good session, definitely our car shows good performance. It was very tight from position three to six, with five cars in one tenth, so P3 was possible.”

“Unfortunately I didn’t have the perfect lap and it wasn’t enough to be third, but I cannot be disappointed. I feel really happy for the car we have.”

“The race is long so let’s try to do a good one tomorrow, I’m confident we can have a good, competitive race.”

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