Bottas admits Williams pace surprising
6 July 2014 – Williams driver Valtteri Bottas has admitted to feeling surprised over his pace during the British Grand Prix.
The Finn avoided the drama of the initial race start before gradually working his way up to order with a series of fine overtaking manoeuvres.
When Mercedes' Nico Roberg retired amid gearbox problems, Bottas inherited second, a position he held until the chequered flag.
"We knew that we have a quick car, but it was surprisingly quick today," said Bottas.
"In the first stint the pace was very good and I was able to go through the field quite well. Sometimes you need a bit of risk to get through quickly but we managed well."
Bottas says the result, backing up his Austrian podium, is further proof of the team's major progress this season.
"I'm really happy with what we've been doing," he said. "The race pace shows that we're doing the right things."
Bottas' team-mate, Felipe Massa, retired on the opening lap after collecting Kimi Räikkönen's crashing Ferrari.