Valtteri Bottas handed Williams its first podium of the 2015 Formula 1 season with a typically unruffled drive to third place in the Canadian Grand Prix.

Making the most of Sebastian Vettel's lowly starting position, Bottas went into the race looking to challenge Kimi Raikkonen for the final spot on the podium behind the Mercedes', but would find himself adrift of his countryman during the first stint.

In the end, fortune would favour Bottas when Raikkonen suffered a spin after his first pit-stop, handing track position to him, which he would protect all the way to the chequered flag.

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His seventh career podium in F1, but his and Williams' first of the 2015 season, Bottas was thrilled to be back on the rostrum and was full of praise for the team, particularly after a dismal weekend in Monaco.

"I'm really happy for us as a team, really proud. A proud member of the team and this was really good teamwork all weekend. The mistake Kimi made allowed us to get one position. A really good job from the team and it was not a bad race from me either."

Though Bottas is unconvinced as to whether he would have been able to challenge Raikkonen without his spin, he was particularly pleased with the fluid strategy calls.

"It's really difficult to say [if we would have challenged] - for sure it helped us and it was good that we weren't very far away at any point in the beginning to Kimi, so we could always put a bit of pressure on them.

"We also managed to change the strategy halfway of the race. I think that was really dynamic from the team. The team did really good work today with the strategy and just being aware of all the things what was happening around us and in front. Really pleased that we finally got a good result. I'm sure it's a big boost for the whole team."