Felipe Massa celebrated the Williams team's achievement in getting both of its cars ahead of Ferrari on the grid for the British Grand Prix after edging Valtteri Bottas for 'best of the rest' behind Mercedes.

Although he admitted that he was unlikely to have been higher than third given Mercedes' clear performance advantage, the Brazilian veteran hailed the first time that Williams had got both cars into the top four in qualifying at its home race for many years.

"It is a fantastic day for us," he commented, "It's amazing to see how many people are here - it's the home grand prix for our team, so I am sure it was great to see me and Valtteri third and fourth.

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"I feel good. I'm driving well, understanding the tyres and just trying to put in the right lap. It's not giving me any more pole positions as we're not competitive compared to [Mercedes] - if they were a little bit slower, maybe we would have been on pole today!"

Having each denied the Prancing Horse a podium in the last couple of races, the Williams pair overcame the FW37's aversion to crosswinds to secure row two at Silverstone and, having put Bottas between himself and Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel, Massa is keen for that potential to be carried over to Sunday.

"We were fighting each other through qualifying, but especially in Q3," the Brazilian said of his intra-team battle, "I just managed to get a fantastic lap at the end and it proved to be a little bit better than his time, so I'm so happy and looking forward to tomorrow and having a strong race, especially in the fight with Ferrari.

"I think it is a very important day for us to be in front of Ferrari with both cars and I hope we can repeat that tomorrow."