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Bottas felt ‘on it’ in Canada as Williams’ podium drought ends

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Valterri Bottas picked up Williams’ first podium finish of the 2016 Formula 1 season on Sunday after perfecting a one-stop strategy en route to third place in the Canadian Grand Prix.

Bottas started seventh in Montreal, but a good start and an impressive pace on the soft compound tire allowed him to get into the fight for the final podium spot.

Red Bull’s decision to bring both of its drivers in for a second stop allowed Bottas to move up into third place, and when the late-charging Nico Rosberg spun while trying to pass Max Verstappen, the result was safe for the Finn.

Third place marks Williams’ first podium of the season and ends an eight-race run without a top-three finish, the last coming in Mexico last year courtesy of Bottas.

“I’m really pleased with today,” Bottas said.

“As a team it was a really strong run for us, really good strategy, really good pit stop. All the timing was perfect.

“The car felt really good today. I felt I was pretty on it today. It’s great to be here.

“Really want to thank Williams, thank you guys, everyone did a really amazing job.”

The result also continued Bottas’ impressive record at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, having also finished third last year and qualified inside the top three in his rookie season.

Bottas’ teammate Felipe Massa was forced to retire early on in Canada, ending his record of scoring every points so far this season.

Barber IndyCar iRacing results

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Scott McLaughlin led the final six laps Saturday and finished 0.4241 seconds ahead of teammate Will Power to win the Honda IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.

Scott Speed finished third behind the Team Penske drivers. Alex Palou and Simon Pagenaud rounded out the top five.

Click here for the full boxscore from Saturday’s IndyCar iRacing event at Barber Motorsports Park.

WINNER: Scott McLaughlin holds off teammate Will Power

WHAT DRIVERS SAID: Postrace reactions on social media

Other notable finishers:

Colton Herta (seventh), Robert Wickens (eighth), Jimmie Johnson (12th), Graham Rahal (14th), Alexander Rossi (22nd).

Sage Karam led a race-high 24 laps but retired from the 45-lap event because of a crash and finished 27th of 29 drivers.