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Bottas never doubted Williams pace

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Valtteri Bottas says he always knew Williams would be in good shape for qualifying at Hockenheim despite its apparent lack of pace during Friday's practice sessions.

Williams was one of the teams to remove its Front and Rear Interconnected (FRIC) suspension system for Hockenheim and Bottas struggled to find a good balance for his car on Friday. Williams had looked to be slightly off the pace of the likes of Red Bull but Bottas, who will start alongside pole-sitter Nico Rosberg, admits the team knew it should not read too much into practice.

"We knew after Friday that we didn't really have to worry," Bottas said. "We had work to do to improve the car, which we managed to do. But I think maybe sometimes some of the other teams are doing some more qualifying laps in practice."

Williams has firmly established itself as the team most likely to beat Mercedes since the Canadian Grand Prix and Bottas is delighted with the progress the team continues to make.

"I feel pretty happy to be part with this team, it's moving in the right way and again it's a strong result from us as a team. It's good to be part of this. We are still focusing on getting better and better every race. There's no points given today so we need to focus on that again and try and get the maximum points available."

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