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Valtteri Bottas capitalised on the wet and tricky qualifying conditions to put his Williams third on the starting grid for the Canadian Grand Prix on Saturday.
The Finn showed consistently strong pace in the changeable wet conditions, finishing in the top four in all three qualifying sessions and securing his and the team’s best qualifying position of the season so far.
“Of course it means a lot,” Bottas said. “It’s way more up in the grid than what we really could ever imagine. It’s been so difficult, the first six races for us and it will be a nice boost for the team.”
“If the conditions are dry tomorrow then it will be difficult to stay where we are, so I will be hoping that we see some rain,” he added.
Bottas, a rookie, is not only 5-2 up against his teammate in qualifying but will start the Canadian GP ten places ahead of Pastor Maldonado, although the Finn played down the Venezuelan’s poor run.
“It was very tricky and it was a lot about the tyre getting a good lap, just at the right time, when the track is in the best condition, having good track position, everything, so it’s not as simple in this weather, so that’s why there can even be ten places between teammates,” Bottas explained.