Smedley: Bottas displayed incredible race craft
7 July 2014 – Rob Smedley has said Valtteri Bottas showed 'incredible race craft' in the British Grand Prix and that he couldn't have asked for anything more from the Finn.
Bottas put in arguably one of the drives of the day in his Williams, charging through the field and putting in a number of impressive overtaking manoeuvres en-route to second place overall and his second podium in a row.
"It's a great result for Valtteri," said Smedley, Williams' Head of Performance Engineering, "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."
Smedley also reckoned they could have had both drivers on the rostrum had Felipe Massa not got caught up in Kimi Räikkönen's crash on the opening lap.
"It's really disappointing for Felipe," Smedley continued, "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," Smedley added.
"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."