A delighted Felipe Massa has failed the ‘fantastic’ performance by the Williams team after both he and teammate Valtteri Bottas outqualified the Ferraris at the British Grand Prix.

The pair qualified third- and fourth-fastest on Saturday, delivering the squad’s best result of the season to-date, just ahead of the SF15-Ts of Kimi Räikkönen and Sebastian Vettel.

Speaking after qualifying, the Brazilian was optimistic that this could serve as a launchpad to help the team challenge for its third podium finish on the trot and further cut into Ferrari’s 63-point advantage over Williams in their battle for second place in the Constructors’ Championship standings.

“It was a fantastic day for us at our home Grand Prix and it’s great to have us P3 and P4,” Massa beamed afterwards.

“I enjoyed fighting closely with Valtteri and exchanging lap times. The wind into Copse was really strong and that affected the balance of the car, so I made sure to be cautious and not to waste a lap by running wide. It’s very important for us to show that we have the pace to get both cars ahead of everyone except from Mercedes. Tomorrow won’t be easy but we are ready for it and it will be an exciting race.”

Teammate Bottas qualified just 0.065 seconds slower than Massa to claim fourth place on the grid for Sunday’s race, and admitted he was surprised by how much pace the FW37 had been able to unlock over the course of the weekend.

“We knew how much we could improve today but we were still a little bit surprised it was so much,” he added.

“That’s a good thing because tomorrow could be a very good race for us. Of course you always want to be in front of your teammate, but we had a good battle and Felipe improved a bit more at the end. It’s great to be in front of our closest Championship rivals with both of our cars. That is a really good starting point and we now have the upper hand for the podium fight.”

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