Bottas claims best ever F1 result in second place (VIDEO)

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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.

Helio Castroneves ‘hustling’ for IndyCar, IMSA rides; talking with four to five teams

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As his season gathers steam, Helio Castroneves said his prospects for finding new rides for 2021 in IMSA and IndyCar also are gaining momentum.

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner said Monday he is optimistic about landing in either or perhaps a combination of both series when Team Penske and Acura end their DPi partnership after this season.

“A lot of people I spoke with, four to five teams, are interested,” Castroneves said. “Whether it’s doing Indy 500 only, whether it’s pushing to do full time or do the sports cars as well. It’s been a very nice conversation.

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“I have a lot of respect for all the teams that have been talking, and I feel the same feedback. We just have to wait for their (sponsor) connections, and I’m also looking for some connections on my side as well, so hopefully we’ll be able to put this together and get something very soon.”

Given two decades of success with Penske in IndyCar and IMSA, Castroneves’ resume hardly needs burnishing. But the Brazilian has combined with co-driver Ricky Taylor in the No. 7 Acura DPi to win the past two overall victories at Road America and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

But Castroneves, who doesn’t have a manager, said he has been working the phones hard rather than wait for the strong results to bring in the calls.

“At this point, I feel like I’m the one who needs to be talking to them because people need to know I want to continue racing and understand my desire,” Castroneves, 45, said. “There is opportunity, no question, in both (IndyCar and IMSA), which I’m really happy about it. However, because of the COVID-19, a lot of things sometimes have to be a little delayed. But I’m excited. Whatever the opportunity and whatever destiny guides me, whether IndyCar or sports cars, trust me I’ll be as happy as it could be and doing my 100 percent like I always did.

“It’s like politics, you need to be out there, good news or bad news. People have to make notice of your presence. I’m hustling. I want to continue to keep it going. Hopefully, we’ll have good news very soon.”

The news has been all good lately on track for Castroneves and Taylor, who hope to continue their run Sunday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The No. 6 duo has surged to sixth in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship standings, 10 points out of the lead with four races remaining. After thinking there was “no hope” to be competitive after opening the season with three consecutive poor finishes, Taylor now sees an opportunity for a happy ending.

“With the program going away, Helio has won all the big races and given so much back to the team and left such a mark, he’s really part of Penske history,” Taylor said. “For me, it’s been an opportunity of a lifetime to be a part of it. I’d like to leave my little mark as well. Helio has won everything except for a championship.

“Obviously, we’ve won races already together, but we can win a championship now. I think if both of us can do that together and both win our first championship for ‘The Captain,’ that would be an absolute dream come true, and we can tie a bow on it and be happy.”