Valtteri Bottas says Williams' pace in the Hungarian Grand Prix was 'quite poor' even before his hopes for points were scuppered by a late puncture.

The Finn had started the race brightly by jumping from sixth to fourth by the end of the first lap, but began to slip back as he struggled to match the form of the Red Bulls and Ferraris.

Even so, Bottas was still on course for good points before he was clipped by the close following Max Verstappen, leaving with a puncture and forcing him outside the top ten and out of the points.

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A frustrating day all round for Williams as Felipe Massa also missed out on the top ten, Bottas was perplexed as to why the car proved so slow come race day.

"The start of the race was okay but our pace was quite poor. Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes were clearly quicker than us and even Force India behind were not that much slower. We were struggling with the pace but with everything happening at the end there could have been a chance to get some points.

"After the last restart at turn five Verstappen hit me from the back and that was it. You need to drive half a lap slowly not to the gearbox and the diff so that was it, game over.

"Everyone was being quite aggressive today because it is so difficult to pass here so if you get any kind of opportunity you have to go for it. Eventful race but really unlucky. It is really disappointing to get zero points for the team but now we just need to look forward."

Indeed, Bottas was hoping to capitalise on the drama unfolding in front of him, only to get embroiled in it himself.

"I could see it was going to come to be because they were both battling hard. Then I got side by side with Lewis and overtook him into the chicane but in the middle of the chicane when I turned to the left-hander I got a puncture which is very disappointing."

Fortunately for Bottas, he remains fourth in the F1 standings since closest rivals Kimi Raikkonen and Massa failed to score.