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Bottas scores first podium finish

The Finn finished third in Austria.
Sunday, June 22, 2014

22nd June, 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Valtteri Bottas stood on the podium for the first time in his Formula One career at the Austrian Grand Prix.

He started the race in second place and managed his race well to finish third. It was the teams first podium finish of the season.

The Finn couldn’t put into words how he felt and praised Williams for their hard work.

It's difficult to explain how I feel right now. That was the best champagne I've ever tasted.” Bottas said.

“All the hard work that the team puts in shows in moments like this. I had one pitstop that really put in me in the fight and that changed my race, so well done to the boys for that.”

“I had put in a good lap before that and so I got in front on Felipe and from there I could manage my pace with the cars in front.”

Bottas was pleased that both cars picked up solid points and said the team could enjoy the moment.

“Having both cars score good points is what we wanted and so third and fourth for the team is a great result. There are still two places to go up the podium, but for now we will enjoy this moment.”

Felipe Massa started on pole but wasn’t able to do any better than fourth place after struggling with traffic.

“I am very happy for Valtteri, he did a great job.” Massa said.

The Brazilian didn’t expect to win the race and said that he struggled with traffic and his tyres throughout the race.

“We had a good fight with the Mercedes but it was clear we were never going to win. I had to manage my tyres the whole race and also struggled with traffic.”

“To stop first and come back out fourth is a bit disappointing but that's racing. It was a positive weekend for the whole team and an emotional one as well.”

“The main thing is that we got 27 points which means we move up in the Constructors' Championship. We have progressed a lot but there still work to do to close the gap to Mercedes.”


Williams are now fifth in the constructors’ championship.

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