Valtteri Bottas feels Williams now have the third quickest car after Spanish updates

Fifth place for Finn enough to move team above McLaren in standings

By William Esler.   Last Updated: 12/05/14 4:06pm

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Valtteri Bottas says Williams made a step forward at Sunday's Spanish GP and thinks they are now the third quickest team on the F1 grid.

The Finn qualified fourth and was best of the rest behind the two Mercedes in the opening phases of the race at the Circuit de Catalunya before eventually being overhauled by both Red Bull cars.

"We have definitely made a step forward, it is always really good to see when you bring updates that they work and the whole season every single thing that we have brought has been a step forward," Bottas said.

"They might be small steps, but it is really good to see because some teams it looks like they stayed about the same pace as the previous race. So definitely compared to others, we were better than we were in China and that is really good to see.

"I think we need to be happy with ten points again. It was good to see that we were the third quickest team here and that is the result we got with my car which is very good, but we need to really analyse well if there is something we could have done better.

"In the end Vettel was on the medium tyre and I was on the hard tyre and his were fresher so there was nothing I could do to stop him getting through me.

"So I really feel that we need to be happy, you always want more and will look to see if there is anything we can do better in the future, but from my side I think the race was one of my best - good start, in the beginning I kept Ricciardo behind even though he was quicker and the Mercedes engine helped with that and yeah, no mistakes on my side."

Even though team-mate Felipe Massa finished outside the points - the Brazilian struggling with tyre wear - with both McLarens doing the same, Bottas' ten points were enough to move Williams ahead of their old foes much to the delight of Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams.

"Valtteri again did a fantastic job for the team and I think everyone is pretty happy to come P5 on his car today," she told Sky Sports F1.

"The boys did a great job on the pit-stops and the engineers did a great job on the strategy and we have gone one place up in the Constructors' Championship.

"We've obviously jumped McLaren now into P5 in the constructors, but we want to keep progressing and if we can get P4 or even P3 that would be fantastic and I think we showed today that we had the third fastest car out there. So we need to keep bringing improvements and keep making progress."

Next up for Williams is a visit to Monaco where they have traditionally struggled, winning just once in the last 30 years.

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Race Results

F1 Driver Standings Table 14
Position Driver Nationality Team Pts
1 Hamilton Mercedes 1:41:05.155
2 Rosberg Mercedes 0.600
3 Ricciardo Red Bull 48.900
4 Vettel Red Bull 76.500
5 Bottas Williams 79.000
6 Alonso Ferrari 87.400
7 Raikkonen Ferrari 1 lap
8 Grosjean Lotus 1 lap
9 Perez Force India 1 lap
10 Hulkenberg Force India 1 lap

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