Bottas happy to split Ferrari drivers

By on Sunday, May 10, 2015
Williams Martini Racing

Williams Martini Racing

Williams' Valtteri Bottas expressed happiness after he switched strategies mid-race and managed to split the Ferrari drivers for a second successive race.

Having beaten Sebastian Vettel to fourth position at the most recent round in Bahrain, Bottas maintained fourth place across the course of the race, resisting a late charge from compatriot Kimi Raikkonen.

"It feels good to split the Ferraris for a second race in a row and this has been another solid points haul for the team," he said.

"Tyre life was better than we expected and as a result we changed from a three-stop to a two-stop race, which was a good strategic choice from the team because it allowed me to keep Räikkönen behind.

"The big positive is that we were closer to the leaders than we have been at any point this season. That gives me a lot of hope because we have shown that the updates we are bringing are improving our performance."

Team-mate Felipe Massa finished in sixth position to complete a haul of 20 points for Williams.

"I managed to overtake cars on the first lap and then fought hard with Kimi for a long time, which was hard on the tyres," he said.

"Because of the extra degradation a three-stop race was better for me today, but it meant the others were too far ahead."

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