Valtteri Bottas is looking to go 'one more step' now after he finished a superb second in the 2014 F1 British Grand Prix.
Bottas started out of place after a dismal qualifying session saw him – and team-mate, Felipe Massa – eliminated in Q1, along with both Ferraris. However he stormed through the field and at the finish was 'best of the rest' behind the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton, more than 15 seconds up on Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo in third.
“We are on the right way, and as I said on the team radio, we have just one step more to go now,” Bottas said on the podium. “The team has done such a good job and you can see how quick the car is. It is behaving really well, it was a pleasure to drive it.
“Still Mercedes is in front but we are going in the right way. As a team we made the most of it.”
“We knew that this race could be good fun,” he added later on. “We knew that we had a quick car – maybe it was a bit surprisingly quick today.
“But definitely in the first stint the pace was really good since the first lap. I was able to go through the field quite well. Of course sometimes it needed a bit of risk because it is really important to get through quickly and not get stuck behind people. But I really managed to get well into a position where the pace of the car was and I was really, really happy with what we have been giving as a team. Again the race pace shows we are really doing the right things. I feel happy to be part of this.”
Asked if he thought this was possible after qualifying on Saturday, Bottas admitted they never expected to get to second.
“Definitely, our prediction was Mercedes was going to be strong and also Red Bull. We thought Red Bull would be here a bit quicker than us in the race and [we thought] Ferrari would be really close to our pace. We definitely knew the position we were starting in it wouldn't be easy to get into good points. We were not really thinking about the podium. We were just thinking about getting points,” he explained.
“Definitely it was a positive surprise the beginning of the race. Things started to go well. The tyre life wasn't really a limitation. So, we could do the strategy. I have to say the strategy guys did a really good job today. We actually switched the strategy during the running as we saw the tyre wear was so low. [Overall] a positive surprise [to get second], so really happy,” he concluded.