May 11, 2014, 12:15 PM EDT
Valtteri Bottas has continued his scintillating start to the 2014 Formula 1 season with an excellent fifth place finish at today’s Spanish Grand Prix.
The Finn started the race from fourth place on the grid, and made a great start to pass Daniel Ricciardo into turn one and follow the Mercedes drivers in third place. He then kept Ricciardo at bay throughout the first stint, but the team waited a long time before pitting him. This proved to be costly as the Red Bull driver easily passed him in the pits, and went on to finish on the podium.
Bottas continued to push on, but he could not hold off Sebastian Vettel in the other Red Bull during the final few laps of the race. The defending world champion had far fresher tires, and eased past to move up into fourth place.
Despite losing these positions, Bottas is still delighted with his performance, and felt that he could have given no more.
“Today we did our best,” he said. “The strategy was correct and the team did really well in the pitstops, I made no mistake on the track so we made the maximum of what was on offer and got some good points from it.
“It’s pleasing to be in the points and it equals my best ever result.”
Indeed, Bottas has now matched his fifth place finish at the Australian Grand Prix back in March, and is keen on pushing ahead for the rest of the season.
“It was a shame Vettel was so quick at the end, I tried to defend, but he had fresher tires,” he explained. “The atmosphere in the team is fantastic, we are all pushing forward and points feed that hunger.”
With this result, Bottas has now scored points in all five races so far this season, and currently sits P7 in the drivers’ championship. Teammate Felipe Massa failed to pick up any points for the second race in a row after struggling with his tires, and eventually crossed the line in 13th place.
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