Valtteri Bottas was expecting a better result in the Italian Grand Prix, despite his sixth place finish allowing Williams to reclaim fourth place in the constructors standings.
After a subdued Belgian GP, Williams looked strong throughout the Monza weekend, well clear of rivals Force India.
However, having qualified ahead of both Red Bulls on Saturday, Bottas was unhappy to lose a position to Daniel Ricciardo late in the race.
“It was quite a cool race, there was some good fighting,’’ he told TV reporters after the race. “As a team I’m very happy, we are back in fourth. But personally, I was expecting much much more from today.
“The problem in the end today was that we didn't have the pace as we thought we would. That meant that we had to push a little bit more to keep the position. Then towards the end of the stint we were struggling a little bit,’’ he explained.
Bottas said he used all the tools he had at his disposal, but Ricciardo was simply quicker on fresher tyres.
“I tried to use everything from the engine I can, all the buttons whatever you can press to help with the defense, braked as late as I could for the corner,’’ the Finn said.
“But he still managed to dive outside the corner and had a much better traction out of the chicane. In the end he pulled a gap of five seconds or more”
Felipe Massa also believed a better result was on the cards, saying he could have passed Sergio Perez had the race been a lap longer.
“In the race i was fighting and managed to gain positions. I expected to get even more than what i got,’’ he said. I was suffering so much with the soft tyre. When i put the supersoft the car was suffering.
“I managed to catch Perez in the quick way. Maybe one more lap i would have finished one position in front. Happy with the race, not so happy with the soft tyre.”
by Rachit Thukral