Valtteri Bottas praised the job his Williams team achieved in adversity as he claimed another spot on row two of the grid for the Russian Grand Prix.

The Finn reprised his third fastest time from the inaugural Sochi race a year ago to line up behind the two works Mercedes drivers in Q3, having shown the pace of his FW37 in the third and final free practice session on Saturday morning.

When that session was cut short by Carlos Sainz's accident, however, it compounded the lack of meaningful running from Friday, but Bottas was confident that Williams had a handle on its set-up heading into qualifying.

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"Obviously, it's been a tricky weekend for everyone, but we really managed to use FP3 well and managed to get some good consistent laps in qualifying," he reported, "I was pleased with the laps and what we did as a team.

"We already saw last year that it's tricky to get the tyres to work in the first lap and that's why you could see many people doing many laps and longer running in qualifying than normal. We tried to learn more about the tyres in practice and Q1, and showed that we could make the right decision for Q3 in terms of tyre temperature, pressures and how many laps that we [should] do. I think everyone struggled with it today, but we got it right and got the max out of the car and the tyres."

While the lack of comparison to its direct rivals leaves the picture for race day a little unclear, Bottas is optimistic that he can again be 'best of the rest' behind Mercedes - Williams team-mate Felipe Massa ran into traffic problems in Q2 and missed the cut - with a podium in his sights.

"It seems like [we have measure of Ferrari] today at least," the Finn opined, "I think, compared to the amount if laps I got - and everyone got - yesterday and today, it was not bad from our side.

"I've been feeling very good in the car all weekend and managed to do multiple laps in a very consistent way without many mistakes so I can be happy for the session. We were quite competent and it's good to be third - it's a good place to start here."