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Williams didn't have the pace to challenge Ferrari in Russia, says Bottas

SOCHI, RUSSIA - APRIL 29: Valtteri Bottas of Finland driving the (77) Williams Martini Racing Williams FW38 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo on track during practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on April 29, 2016 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - APRIL 29: Valtteri Bottas of Finland driving the (77) Williams Martini Racing Williams FW38 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo on track during practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on April 29, 2016 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Valtteri Bottas admits he was frustrated to lose third place to Kimi Raikkonen and Ferrari in Russia after running ahead of him early on.

Having started second Bottas lost out to Raikkonen at the start, but then quickly passed him when the race was resumed after the Virtual Safety Car. However the Ferrari driver jumped him at the pit stops after Bottas got caught behind Fernando Alonso.

Bottas conceded that in the end the Ferrari was simply faster.

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"Not 100% happy, of course I wanted more," said Bottas. "But in the end looking at the results seeing the pace of Mercedes and Ferrari, that was the limit for us, pretty much.

"It was tough. I was really hoping today to fight for the third place, being in the top three, but obviously they had a quicker car. They managed to get us during the pit stops. I got stuck behind a McLaren for a while after my stop, so that cost me a little bit."