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GP Week : Issue 205
The only downside for Williams – apart from the qualifying mess – was Felipe Massa’s terrible opening lap misfortune. The rest of the news is all good – on this day, the car that has to date not been good on its tyres, one-stopped its way to a best-of-season second place in the hand of the exceptional Valtteri Bottas. “We knew we had a quick car and maybe it surprised us it was so quick. The first stint we went through the field fast and that needed a bit of risk. I am so happy for the team, they have worked on race pace and it shows. We were thinking about points today not the podium, and the strategy guys did a great job. “I really felt for Felipe today in his 200th race, and it was so nice of him to come to the podium with the team; I really appreciated that. We are a stronger team than we were in the first few races and it won't be easy to stay near the top but we are doing a great job of it at the moment.” Williams performance chief Rob smedley summed up the weekend: “It's a slightly mixed weekend. It's a great result for Valtteri and he showed incredible race craft throughout the whole race. You couldn't ask for anything more from the driver; he changed his race around with those overtakes in the first stint. “It's really disappointing for Felipe as we clearly have a great car and could have had a double podium, but he will rebuild and has the support to bounce back. “everybody is pushing and everybody is motivated in the team, and as a result we are moving forward and that is the main aim. I am really proud of everything that we have done and a big thank you to everyone at the team here and in Grove for all the hard work.” BELOW: Bottas drives around the outside of Jenson Button ... Onwards and upwards 30 GPWEEK.com // 30 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> SILVERSTONE PARTNERS: