US GP qualifying: Williams

Felipe Massa qualified ninth and Valtteri Bottas 12th for this afternoon’s US Grand Prix. Rain affected the whole session and Bottas suffered a suspension failure as he was eliminated at the end of Q2. Q3 was then cancelled as the weather worsened so the Q2 standings will form the grid for this afternoon’s race.

Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: “A very factious qualifying session as we didn’t even get to run Q3. We will move up two positions as the Ferraris take their penalties. We now have a fraught preparation for the race to make sure we have all eventualities covered. The predictions for the weather haven’t been totally accurate so we have to be reactive to any changes and hopefully can have a successful race.”

Felipe Massa: “It was a very difficult qualifying. It is clear to see our improvements in the wet as we have made it into the top 10 which shows progress, although we want to be up at the top. It was a good choice to red flag the final session. One of the biggest challenges of the race will be to finish, that’s the first job, then we can look for points.”

Valtteri Bottas: “Those were very tricky conditions. It’s a shame we couldn’t make it to Q3, I just couldn’t find the same amount of grip that I had in Q1, so in Q2 I struggled a bit more with traction. The race is very soon now, so that’s the only opportunity to make the best we can from here.”

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