Bottas gets maximum out of Willliams to secure fifth place in Spain


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Valtteri Bottas took his Williams Martini Racing FW38 to a solid fifth place finish on a weekend that he felt that he couldn’t have got anything more out of the car.

“I think we got the maximum today and I’m pleased to get decent points.” said Bottas. “We know our car wasn’t quick enough this weekend, but we had a good result, so that’s positive. Of course we would like to battle for the podiums and wins, but it wasn’t possible this weekend.”

The latest result for Bottas is his fifth consecutive points finish for the Williams team, and while he was happy with another solid finish, the Finn knows that there is still a lot to be done this year.

“We need to keep pushing on the development and we need more pace on these type of tracks. We knew that if something happened we could gain a couple of places, otherwise it was always going to be tricky, but this is racing. A lot of things can happen and this time we took a small advantage from it.” he added.

Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering was happy with the job his driver put in today, “I think Valtteri did a really good job. At the end of the first stint we asked him to push to overcut Sainz and Perez.

“We were about to call him in but we kept him on track so he could get the overcut, which worked well as Valtteri was very quick and pushing hard. After that, it was a straightforward race for him.”