Valterri Bottas says sixth on the grid represented the maximum he could achieve in the Williams during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix, but is more optimistic of keeping up with Red Bull and Ferrari in the race.

Having locked out the second row last time out at Silverstone, Williams face a task to get onto the podium in Hungary after Bottas placed sixth and Felipe Massa could manage no better than eighth.

Indeed, Bottas admits the high downforce Hungaroring was always unlikely to play to the Williams' strengths, but feels there is more to come from the package in race conditions.

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"It was maximum of what we could do. It was obviously really tight and we didn't have enough speed to be higher. We always knew coming here was going to be one of the toughest tracks for the rest of the season.

"We knew it wouldn't be easy, but it's where we are for this track and we are missing still cornering grip and cornering downforce. Especially in the long corners we are missing some grip.

"We didn't have massively long runs so we didn't see how it was going to be. Pace wise I think we are going to be quite close to the Ferrari and Red Bull, so I think it is going to be quite a close race, but here it is so difficult to overtake, especially if you can't do anything special with strategy."