Bottas thrilled by third straight podium

By on Sunday, July 20, 2014
Williams Martini Racing

Williams Martini Racing

Valtteri Bottas expressed his delight after he raced to his third successive podium by finishing in second place at the German Grand Prix.

Bottas started from the front row of the grid and maintained second into the first corner, despite making a slow getaway.

He executed a two stop strategy and defended against a charging Lewis Hamilton during the final stint to collect his third straight top three finish.

"I was close to Lewis when he stopped and then there were 20 laps to go," he said.

"I knew it would be close at the end, he could make up the loss, he was riding on my tail the last few laps.

"For me it was important to get a good exit for the DRS straights, out of Turn one and Turn three, and brake as late as possible for the hairpin.

"Also with the team we were communicating, [I had] a lot of support from the engineers [with regards to the] best modes for defending, so thanks for that."

Bottas praised the hard work Williams has done following a troublesome 2013 season, in which they claimed just five points.

"Of course I feel really lucky to be part of this," he said.

"Last year we couldn’t expect to be three time in a row on the podium. It’s down to the package we have and hard work, but we need to keep aiming for more. It feels really good and we are aiming for more of it now."


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