Valtteri Bottas says Williams' performance in practice for the Canadian Grand Prix has cemented its belief that it can secure a strong haul of points.

The Williams pair of Felipe Massa and Bottas finished FP2 with the sixth and seventh fastest times respectively and were around 0.7s away from the pace set by Lewis Hamilton over one lap. After finishing his running for the day, Bottas said Williams was matching its early hopes and that gave him confidence for the rest of the weekend.

"I think it was more or less what we expected," Bottas said. "In the end it's still practice and we don't know what the others are doing and we are not in qualifying mode but overall it was quite a positive day. We got some good results to the changes we made since the last race so it's nice to see some progress.

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"It still wasn't easy to warm up the soft tyre, but it looks like we are not the only team. Nobody did their best lap on their first or second lap, it was always just getting better and better as you build up the heat in the front tyres but overall it was not a bad day."

And Bottas believes Williams is likely to be in the mix near the front of the grid on Saturday and Sunday based on what he saw out on track during practice.

"I need to see a bit more about what lap times everyone did. When I compared the cars around us it seemed OK, especially in the end when we put on the soft tyre and the pace with those softs seems to be quite good; at least what I could compare to McLaren or Mercedes.

"We are still as hopeful as we were coming to this weekend so I think we have a good chance to score some really good points here."