Valtteri Bottas has claimed his first ever podium finish in F1 at the Austrian Grand Prix today, finishing in third place behind Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.
The Finnish driver started the race in second place behind teammate Felipe Massa, but the Williams drivers were unable to hold the Silver Arrows back as Mercedes claimed its sixth one-two finish of the season at the Red Bull Ring today.
Bottas did not roll over in the face of Mercedes’ dominance, though. After losing second place to Rosberg off the line, the Finn claimed the position back at turn two with a fine move on the German driver. He then pushed on and came out of the pits between the two Mercedes drivers, behind Rosberg, having passed Felipe Massa in the stops.
Hamilton passed Bottas during the final round of pit stops, after which Williams focused on seeing the checkered flag and recording its first podium finish of the season.
“Really really happy, difficult to put it into words really,” Bottas said on the podium after crossing the line. “Just really thankful for the team, for giving me this car.
“It’s been a long wait for us since last year and many, many years at Williams, now it’s so much better. The race was exactly what we needed at this point: clean, nice, everything went like planned really.
“The car was good for podium this time, and I’m just so happy.”
The Finn has come close to finishing on the podium on a number of times this season, but today he finally broke his duck and secured his first top three finish since making his F1 debut at the beginning of 2013.
Pole-sitter Felipe Massa could only come home in fourth place despite starting from pole position, but the team will still be elated with the overall result after a difficult few years in Formula 1.