Valtteri Bottas has conceded he is "a little bit" surprised after finishing third in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Williams had expected to struggle somewhat at the Hungaroring, but both Bottas and team-mate Felipe Massa made it through to the top-ten shootout and will now start the race in third and sixth.

"Yeah, I think maybe a little bit, [it is] a little bit of a surprise," confirmed the Finn after putting his car on the second row, 'best of the rest' after pole sitter Nico Rosberg and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel. "We knew that Red Bull would be quick here and also Ferrari and obviously Mercedes like always. The nature of the track is not the best for us. But we have been able to work really well as a team and bring some updates, which have really, really worked well.

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"Obviously we are still missing some grip compared to Rosberg. However, I think today was a really good day from us to be third and sixth.

"We have a chance here now."

Pressed on if he can improve on third in the race and get second or even first on Sunday, Bottas added: "I think if nothing special is going to happen, first is going to be difficult and still first is ahead. But you never know, we need to aim for that always."

"Obviously it is going to be a really close fight tomorrow with Red Bull and us," he continued. "We need to see how the pace is and if it is enough to keep them behind - at least one of them [anyway]."