Valtteri Bottas says he is confident Williams will be able to demonstrate its "true performance" in the next few weeks after a dismal Monaco Grand Prix.

Williams was uncharacteristically off the pace throughout virtually all of the Monaco weekend, with Bottas eliminated in the first part of qualifying, while team-mate Felipe Massa fared little better and ended up 14th in Q2.

It was a similar sorry tale in the race, with Bottas struggling and then compromised at the end by the late safety car, eventually bringing his FW37 home in 14th, one spot ahead of Massa, with only the Manor's of Robert Merhi and Will Stevens behind them.

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"This has been a tough weekend that ended in an even tougher race. We tried everything to try and get some points but with the pace we had it wasn't possible," Bottas said.

"We tried the two-stop strategy which never really came to us, with the safety car coming at just the wrong time. There are not too many positives from the weekend but plenty we can learn from as to why we struggled.

"We know we still have a good car and go to races in the next few weeks where we should be able to demonstrate our true performance."

Meanwhile, Massa's race was ruined on the opening lap after contact with another car at Turn 1, causing a front-right tyre puncture and an early stop for fresh tyres and a new nose dropping him to the back.

"It was a very frustrating day and a race to forget for us. My race was effectively over in Turn 1, with another car pushing me over and I was left with a lot of damage to my tyre and front wing. The pitstop I had to make on Lap 1 put me right at the back of the pack and I spent the rest of the race looking out for blue flags," Massa noted.

Like Bottas, however, Massa believes the team will be back at the sharp end next time out: "The car has not had its usual performance all weekend.

"But we know that we are heading to tracks in Canada and Austria that suit our car. We should be back fighting towards the front there."