Bottas rallies to second podium of 2015 in Mexico

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Valtteri Bottas scored just his second podium finish of the 2015 Formula 1 season after making a late charge to third place in Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix.

Starting sixth on the grid, Bottas moved up to fifth after Sebastian Vettel suffered a puncture and dropped back through the field off the line.

Williams opted to bring Bottas in for his first pit stop on lap five, putting him on a risky two-stop strategy in a bid to get the undercut on the Red Bull drivers ahead.

After surviving a run-in with compatriot Kimi Raikkonen, Bottas managed to pass Daniel Ricciardo for fourth when the Australian pitted before taking his second stop under the safety car following Sebastian Vettel’s shunt.

With fresh tires, Bottas swept past Daniil Kvyat for third on the restart before pulling away from the chasing pack to secure his second podium finish of the season, following his first top-three result in Canada.

Bottas was delighted with the result, but made no secret of his annoyance with Raikkonen over his attempted move earlier in the race.

“First of all a big thanks to the team,” Bottas said on the podium after the race. “Mega job today. We raced like a race-winning team.

“Not an easy race [after] contact with Kimi. He didn’t have to go like that. There was nowhere to go. But that’s racing.”

The result takes Bottas above Raikkonen into fourth place in the drivers’ championship, enjoying a three-point lead over his rival with two races remaining.