Valtteri Bottas finished eighth in the United States Grand Prix to open his points account after a torrid rookie season with the Williams team.

In his 18th appearance of the year, the Finn finally had the car underneath him to highlight his obvious talent and, having qualified inside the top ten on Saturday, was able to run inside the points positions throughout the 56-lap event at the Circuit of the Americas.

Valtteri Bottas: I'm very happy to get my first points in Formula One today. The whole weekend has been good from setting up the car in practice through to the strategy and pit-stops in the race. We managed the tyres well today and I had good feedback from my engineers on them throughout. We did have a bit of pressure from Rosberg at the end but I was able to keep pushing and hold the position. I want to say a big thanks to everyone in the team and at the factory as they have all been working so hard and really deserve this result.

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While 15th place in Abu Dhabi last time out proved inconclusive, Williams' decision to ditch its coanda exhaust appeared to pay dividends in Texas, with Bottas appearing higher on the timesheets than he has for the majority of the year.

Although he qualified third in Canada, that was largely the result of inclement weather at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, and the GP3 champion dropped back through the order almost as soon the race started. This time, however, he was able to turn ninth on the grid - a position he was disappointed in by the way - into eighth at the flag, having resisted the likes of Paul di Resta and Nico Rosberg along the way.

"I'm very happy to get my first points in F1," Bottas grinned, "The whole weekend has been good, from setting up the car in practice through to the strategy and pit-stops in the race.

"We managed the tyres well today and I had good feedback from my engineers on them throughout. We did have a bit of pressure from Rosberg at the end, but I was able to keep pushing and hold the position."

Bottas' four-point haul adds to the solitary point previously acquired for Williams by soon-to-depart team-mate Pastor Maldonado in Hungary, and lifts the Finn above the Venezuelan and within a point of fellow rookie Esteban Gutierrez with one race to run.

"I want to say a big thanks to everyone in the team and at the factory, as they have all been working so hard," Bottas concluded, "They really deserve this result."|

Chief race engineer Xevi Pujolar praised the youngster's efforts as well as those of a team a little brow-beaten over the past eight months.

"After a good start, Valtteri had a strong race, fighting hard when needed and making a great move to overtake Guti?rrez for eighth," he noted, "We managed the gap to Rosberg behind us, and Valtteri was able to push in the final laps to make sure he held the position. It was a great result for him to secure his first F1 points and a well deserved end to the weekend for all the team."

The points came in Williams' penultimate race with Renault, ahead of a switch to Mercedes power for the new era of F1 in 2014, and the French engine builder hopes to go out with a similar result in this weekend's Interlagos finale.

"Finally, a great race for the team with a perfect strategy, tyre management and pit-stop that allowed us to deliver on the promise shown in the last two events," team support leader Laurent Debout commented, "Valtteri did an amazing job to deservedly score his first points here, finishing in front of Rosberg and fighting with [Fernando] Alonso - and on pace alone.

"It would be mega to replicate this finish in the last race of the season next weekend, which will be the curtain call for the Renault V8 engine and. unfortunately. for the Williams-Renault partnership this time round. Ending both on a high is definitely the goal."