Valtteri Bottas was at a loss to express his emotions after taking his first Formula One podium in the Austrian Grand Prix this afternoon.
The Finn started behind team-mate Felipe Massa on the front row of the grid, but used a pit strategy to pass Massa after the two Mercedes men got past him.
“It’s difficult to explain how I feel right now. That was the best champagne I’ve ever tasted,” The Finn said when reflecting on the Grand Prix.
“All the hard work that the team puts in shows in moments like this. I had one pitstop that really put me in the fight and that changed my race, so well done to the boys for that. I had put in a good lap before that and so I got in front of Felipe and from there I could manage my pace with the cars in front.
Although they failed to convert a 1-2 in Qualifying into a 1-2 in the race, Bottas saw the positives from the race and sees it as a “great result” as the team scored a lot of points: “Having both cars score good points is what we wanted and so third and fourth for the team is a great result. There are still two places to go up the podium, but for now we will enjoy this moment.”
Felipe Massa shared Bottas’ view, agreeing that it was a good result for the team but saying that they were never realistically going to beat Mercedes, and that there remains work to do to close the gap to the Championship leaders.
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