Valtter Bottas believes Williams was getting closer to Ferrari on pure pace in the Austrian Grand Prix, even if his day didn't pan out as planned after becoming mired in the mid-pack battle.

Starting in sixth place, a poor start left Bottas in seventh place, with his progress limited to just getting by Max Verstappen and, eventually, Nico Hulkenberg for fifth having also suffered a problem during his pit-stop.

A tougher-than-expected day for the Finn, Bottas said he also had to contend with brake issues during the second-half of the race.

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"We struggled a little bit more with the tyre warming up after the start as well as after the Safety Car, and also after the pit stop. It felt like the cars around were a little quicker with the cold tyres.

"I lost a place to Verstappen at the exit of Turn 2 with the traction. That made it a little bit tricky. It took quite a while to get through Verstappen and Hulkenberg and the pit stop so lost a place to Hulkenberg again so I was stuck behind him.

"And then we started to have problems with the brakes - the front right one was overheating. I got through Hulkenberg but the rest of the race was managing the brakes. I could not really brake that late and hard. I had to go a lot backwards with the brake bias.

"It was just a case of bringing the car home really. That also led tyre temperatures to drop a bit too much out of the range. Not my day."

Despite the outcome, Bottas still believes Williams have made a step forward over the weekend and is closer to Ferrari.

"It seemed Ferrari were a little bit quicker today still, but maybe we're a little bit closer too. I think that every single improvement we make is going to help and then how strong we are going to be will also be track specific."