Valtteri Bottas became the first driver outside of Mercedes and Ferrari to finish on the podium in 2015 by crossing the line in third place for Williams in Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix.
The Finn started fourth on the grid, and managed to move into the top three when Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen spun after making his first pit stop, losing a position.
In spite of Raikkonen’s best efforts to catch up and reclaim the position, Bottas went unchallenged in the final stages of the race as he crossed the line in third place with a five second advantage over the Ferrari driver.
“Yeah really happy for us as a team, really proud,” Bottas said.
“Proud member of the team. There was really good teamwork all weekend. The mistake Kimi made allowed us to get one position, and we also changed the plan with the strategy in the race which I thought was really dynamic. Really good job from the team, and it was not a bad race from me either.”
Bottas did not play down the importance of the result for Williams, and believes that it could be the catalyst in kick-starting the team’s season.
“I think we really needed this result,” he said. “Like we saw last year it really boosts confidence, and we know again now that we’re a top team and that we can fight for the podiums.
“I think from Austria, with the package we have coming there, I think from then onwards we really hope we can repeat at least these kind of results.”
Bottas’ teammate, Felipe Massa, managed to fight his way through the field from 15th place on the grid to finish sixth at the line, cementing Williams’ third place in the constructors’ standings.
There are 25 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a few new yet familiar faces for the Oct. 2-3 race weekend.
Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his season debut in the No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (shifting Dalton Kellett to the No. 41) with AJ Foyt Racing, which he is joining full time next season. James Hinchcliffe, who had run three races with Andretti Autosport, will return in place of Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda. Helio Castroneves will drive Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevy for Oliver Askew, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.
Sage Karam, who has two IndyCar starts this year at IMS (the road course on July 4 and the Indy 500 on Aug. 23), also will return to the series in Dreyer & Reinbold’s No. 24 Dallara-Chevrolet.
HARVEST GP ENTRY LISTS: Friday l Saturday
Friday and Saturday of the Harvest GP presented by GMR will mark the second and third races this season on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. While the July 4 race on the circuit was 80 laps, Friday’s distance is 85 laps, and Saturday will be a 75-lap event.
Championship leader Scott Dixon led 26 of 80 laps to win the July 4 race at the IMS road course. With three races remaining in the series, the five-time series champion enters with a 72-point lead on Josef Newgarden.
Click here to see who’s on the IndyCar entry lists in Race 1 and in Race 2 for the Harvest GP presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.
START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE (all times ET):
—IndyCar NTT Series practice: 2:25-3:40 p.m., NBC Sports Gold
—IndyCar qualifying, Race 1: 6:20 p.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold
—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold
—IndyCar qualifying: 10:20 a.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold
—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 2: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:31 p.m.)., NBC, NBC Sports Gold