Valtteri Bottas says he is satisfied to have salvaged a top five finish in the Malaysian Grand Prix after suffering a 'worst ever first lap' that dropped him from eighth to a low of 14th.

The Finn was shuffled down the order after being baulked by other cars through the opening turns, forcing him well outside the top ten after the opening lap.

Nonetheless, he would steadily work his way up the order, coming across Williams team-mate Felipe Massa in the closing stages and mounting an attack that would see him nose ahead with two laps remaining.

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A pleasing end after such a difficult start, Bottas admits it was probably the worst opening to a race he has ever experienced.

"My first lap was maybe the worst first lap I have ever had," he said. "I was in the wrong place at the wrong time, a little bit of contact in turn one and then in turn four I was sandwiched, so I am not happy personally with what I did,

"After that the race was OK. I think we maximised the result, but we are missing race pace and quite a big amount."

A year on from a dispute between the drivers over a team order call to hold position, Bottas was pleased to see Williams allowing him to challenge Massa.

"I think it was really nice of the team to let us race, and I think in any situation I think they can trust us to race hard but fair."