Valtteri Bottas admits he would like to get the better of Felipe Massa early on in the British Grand Prix to try and escape pressure from Ferrari behind.

Though both Williams drivers got the better of both Ferraris for the first time this season during qualifying at Silverstone, Bottas will start behind his team-mate in fourth position.

Potentially making him a buffer between Massa and the Ferraris behind if he cannot get ahead of the Brazilian at the start of the race, Bottas admits he will need to get through in order to get use of the most optimal tyre strategy.

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"Of course I hope I will get a good start and if you're in front you get the priority in the strategy so that's the plan anyway for me. It's a long race. I think here saving the front left tyre as a driver is going to be the key in the race. On Friday my tyre wear was pretty good, so I'm quite confident for the race."

Regardless, Bottas was delighted to see Williams firmly establish itself between Mercedes and Ferrari, particularly after such an indifferent Friday.

"The car felt good all qualifying really, it was just a shame I couldn't improve the time from Q2 to Q3 anymore. I was really consistent all the way through qualifying but just couldn't squeeze any more out of the lap time. For sure the wind conditions were changing a bit lap by lap but I think Felipe in the end on his last run he had a really good lap.

"As a team we are now in front of both Ferraris which is really good for tomorrow because now with the strategy we have the upper hand with both cars in front. So we just need to keep it that way in the first stint and it should be good."