Claire Williams has admitted that she always expected Mercedes to win the Austrian Grand Prix, despite her team’s cars locking out the front row during qualifying.
Felipe Massa took his first pole in over five years on Saturday, pipping his team-mate Valtteri Bottas to the top spot in the dying moments of qualifying to secure Williams’ first 1-2 grid start since the 2003 German Grand Prix.
Yet, despite that result, Williams insists that she always suspected that either Nico Rosberg or Lewis Hamilton, who qualified third and ninth respectively, would bounce back to claim the race win on Sunday.
“We all knew Mercedes would take the win so P3 and P4 is wonderful,” Williams told Sky Sports following the race.
“Valtteri has done a great job and I’m just so thrilled for him. Felipe’s first stop was slower and it was tricky but these things happen. I’m not disappointed.
“I think they [Mercedes] have so much pace that where we were was probably true to form.”
Williams believes that the strong form shown by the team in Austria leaves it in good stead for the British Grand Prix, in two weeks time.
“We’ve got the Mercedes power unit so on a track like Silverstone the car should be well-suited,” she said.
“We can build on this momentum and have another great result there.”
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