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GP Week : Issue 201
Making the most of it The Williams, though improving, is a little way short of being the best technical combination on the track – but is making strong claims for number three, with Valtteri Bottas extracting the best possible result in spain. A strong start masked the performance gap to Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull, but despite losing the spot on the undercut, and then fourth to a charging Vettel late in the race, it was a strong race for the young Finn: "Today we did our best. The strategy was correct and the team did really well in the pit stops, I made no mistake on the track so we made the maximum of what was on offer and got some good points from it. “It's pleasing to be in the points and it equals my best ever result. It was a shame Vettel was so quick at the end, I tried to defend, but he had fresher tyres. The atmosphere in the team is fantastic, we are all pushing forward and points feed that hunger." Head of vehicle performance Rob Smedley was satisfied: "The car was the third quickest yesterday, as it was today, so overall we are pleased to be there. We came here with an upgrade package and it's clearly worked. Valtteri did a good job to make a two-stop work. “We tried a different strategy with Felipe to try and release him, but unfortunately his race didn't quite work out ...” Three stops, for Felipe Massa, didn’t work. Early traffic, and more after the first stop, saw him fall away to 13th: “The three-stop strategy would have worked had the first stint been clean, but I had cars in front which damaged my tyres a lot. This meant that rather than pulling away from them and having clean track, when they pitted they had the advantage. This happened again at the start of the second stint, so things just didn't go my way." Valtteri managed to fend off this Ricciardo attack (from previous page), but lost out on the pit-stop undercut 29 GPWEEK.com // 29 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> SPAIN PARTNERS: