Williams remains one of the top favourites in 2014, despite the events in Melbourne.
In the race, Massa was punted out at the first corner while Bottas finished sixth, fighting through the pack after hitting the wall and damaging his wheel.
Pat Symonds says the Finn should thank former team driver Pastor Maldonado for the robustness of the car's suspension.
"Our suspension is very strong," Williams' technical boss told Auto Motor und Sport. "Pastor pushed the limits very often in the past and that probably had an influence on the design."
Symonds said that if Massa and Bottas had clean races, they would have set their sights on the podium.
According to Turun Sanomat newspaper, Mercedes chief Toto Wolff agrees: "If their weekend had gone normally, most likely they would have been driving for the podium."
"Our view is that Mercedes is at the front, and then there is a group of cars and we feel that in optimal conditions, we are narrowly at the front of that group."
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