Valtteri Bottas says his podium finish in Canada will serve as a motivation boost for Williams after an underwhelming start to the season.
Williams came into 2016 with the hope of not only consolidating third position in the constructors championship, but also challenging pacesetters Mercedes and Ferrari for the top spot on the podium.
But the Grove-based team has failed to deliver as per expectations so far, with many suggesting that it is now behind Red Bull in the pecking-order.
However, in Montreal, Bottas perfected a one-stop strategy to secure Williams’ first rostrum result of the season, finishing just behind Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel.
“I’m very happy with what we achieved as a team today,’’ a jubilant Bottas said. ”It’s a shame with what happened to Felipe, but this gives us a big motivation boost for the next few races.”
“I think today shows that we are a strong team who can deliver good results. Our strategy was great and our pitstop was really good, yet again. It was definitely one of my best races. I’m really pleased with today and looking forward to the next race.”
Rob Smedley also heaped praise on his team for sticking to a one-stop strategy, despite conditions forcing many of his rivals to make an additional stop.
“ I think that was a really good race for us with a well-deserved podium,’’ he said. “ As we expected, the pace of the car in these conditions was good. We gave away very little to the frontrunners and we beat Red Bull on track, which is really positive.”
“The strategy was absolutely spot on. When other teams were doing two stops, we held our nerve and stuck with our one-stop strategy as planned, and it all worked out very well for us,’’ he added.
by Rachit Thukral