Valtteri Bottas notched up his second consecutive fourth place finish of the 2015 Formula 1 season as he marked Williams' step up in competitiveness by resisting a hard charging Kimi Raikkonen at the end of the Spanish Grand Prix.

Though not quite able to cling onto the podium challenge, Bottas consolidated his starting position kept the front runners in sight longer than in any other race this season before resisting Raikkonen on an alternative tyre strategy during the closing laps.

Similar to him keeping Sebastian Vettel at bay in Bahrain, Bottas was happy with the result and the smaller margin to Ferrari overall.

"I was just trying to make sure again I was getting good exits for the main straight and back straight because unlike other places it's quite difficult to overtake here. Not making mistakes was important.
I think a really positive race overall because we are much closer to Ferrari than any other race. The updates we brought here are small but it seems like we are definitely doing the right things."

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Indeed, Bottas says he wasn't expecting to go so well at the Circuit de Catalunya, not least because of the relative lack of updates on his car relative to nearest rivals.

"What is a bit strange is that we didn't expect this to be a particularly strong track for us. It shows we are definitely doing things right. The updates are small but they worked and now we can run the option tyre in a much better temperature window, which seemed to help in the first two stints. We struggled with primes but so did everybody I think."

Bottas' result sees him leapfrog Williams team-mate Felipe Massa for fifth position in the overall standings.