After scoring his first podium finish at the Red Bull Ring two weeks ago in third place, Valtteri Bottas has gone one better today at Silverstone by finishing second to home favorite Lewis Hamilton.
At the start of the race, a podium finish seemed out of the question given that Bottas started down in 14th place. However, he produced a remarkable drive to scythe through the field and finish second – his best F1 finish to date.
“We knew that this race could be good fun,” Bottas said after the race. “We knew that we had a quick car. Maybe it was a bit surprisingly quick today, but definitely the first stint pace was really good.
“On the first lap, I was able to go through the field quite well, though sometimes it needed a bit of risk as it was really important to get through quickly, not get stuck behind people.
“But then we managed to get well in position, where the pace of the car was, and I’m just really really happy what we’ve be doing as a team. Again the race pace shows we’re really doing right things, and I’m really happy to be a part of it.”
With this result, Bottas has risen to fifth in the drivers’ standings and is now ahead of defending world champion Sebastian Vettel. However, speaking on the podium, he did express sadness for Felipe Massa’s retirement at the Brazilian driver’s 200th grand prix.
Bottas’ podium also sees Williams move up to fourth place in the constructors’ championship ahead of Force India, and the British team is now within three points of Ferrari. After two disastrous days on Friday and Saturday, this improbable result will give the whole team a huge boost heading to the German Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.