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Bottas, Williams ascend with third straight podium
20 July 2014
Williams has risen above Ferrari to third in the Formula 1 constructors' standings after Valtteri Bottas turned in a third consecutive podium finish with a faultless drive to second place in the German Grand Prix.
On a weekend that firmed Bottas' burgeoning status as a potential future title challenger, the Finn consolidated his front row grid slot by holding station in second position from start-to-finish behind the dominant Nico Rosberg.
However, it was Bottas' calm handling of a charging Lewis Hamilton behind him in the final few laps that singled him out particular plaudits, claiming he was driving strategically to head off any attempt by Hamilton to attempt an overtake at the hairpin.
It was a tactic that paid off, Hamilton unable to get close to Bottas at his preferred overtaking point, forcing him to settle behind in third place.
“I was already close with Lewis when he stopped and at that point I knew it was going to be close at the end with his newer tyres,” he said.
“For me it was really important to get a good exit for the straight out of turn two and three and then brake as late as possible at the hairpin. The team were communicating and supporting me to get the right engine mode for defending.
Though Williams' upturn in form this season has been well documented, Bottas' continued ascendency on the results sheet is having an effect on the overall standings too, the youngster now just 15 points shy of third in the drivers' standings, while Williams is now ahead of Ferrari in the constructors' reckoning.
It is the first time Williams has featured in the top three of the overall constructors' standings since the 2008 Australian GP.
“I feel really lucky to be part of this team. Last year we couldn't have expected to have three podiums in a row, but the package we have is down to hard work, but we need to keep aiming for more.”
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