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

Jul 6, 2014, 12:45 PM EDT

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,┬áthis improbable result will give the whole team a huge boost heading to the German Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.

  1. worknman24hours - Jul 6, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Best money Williams has spent in many decades on a driver I think.

    Very solid drive today,Valtterri-Congrats.

    This guys got a Schumacheresqe type of World Champion coolness to him.

    Felipe better get his ducks in a row here.

  2. techmeister1 - Jul 6, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Congrats to Bottas on a fine drive. Massa would have been right there with him had Kimi not crashed Massa out. I’m wondering when Massa’s horrible luck will finally run out. Two races this season Massa has been crashed out on the first lap through no fault of his and then Perez crashes him out of a podium and possible race win. When Massa isn’t the victim of crashers his team forgets how to install the wheels… I mean come on people you need get you act together as Massa is driving the car at 100% and he’s being let down by his own team and screwed by crashers taking him out. Kimi has to take the blame for this one but it still sucks.

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