Rob Smedley says Nico Rosberg is not the focus for Williams in the Austrian Grand Prix despite starting with both cars on the front row.

Felipe Massa will start from pole ahead of Valtteri Bottas, with Rosberg third in the Mercedes that has been dominant so far this season. Having beaten the two Mercedes in qualifying, Smedley says the main focus is not beating Rosberg in the race but taking maximum points from the teams close to Williams in the constructors' championship.

"We have to get the maximum points against the people we are actually competing with," Smedley said. "Mercedes are far and away the leaders at the minute, Red Bull are sat there in no-mans-land - I don't know how well they will go here - but then there is a group of cars there from third to sixth position in the championship where it is all open. They are the teams that we have to prioritise and score against.

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"So what are our priorities going in to the race? It's to score against those teams and it's to score more points than those teams and either move closer to them in the championship or move further away from them.

"I think that our aim - not to be pessimistic - is not Nico Rosberg. It's the teams that we are competing directly with in the championship, so that's what we'll set out to do."

And Smedley admitted that the front row lock-out was not achieved on true pace, but said it was clear Williams is close to Mercedes in Austria.

"I think if you look at the best sectors on low fuel then Mercedes is around about three tenths ahead of us. I said immediately after qualifying that we've got both cars on the front row but that was helped somewhat by what happened down at Mercedes Grand Prix.

"But that's motor racing isn't it? You've got to be there. Even with the quickest car you have to put the cars in the positions. I think it's fair to say we didn't have the quickest car but being three tenths off the quickest car; we're closing the gap step-by-step. Definitely it's a circuit that suits us and that helps as well, but I don't think there's any disgrace in saying Williams Martini after eight races of the 2014 championship are three tenths off Mercedes Grand Prix. I would say I'm reasonably happy with that."