Bottas: Engineers key in Hamilton battle
20 July 2014 – Valtteri Bottas has paid tribute to his engineers for their assistance amid his late German Grand Prix battle with Lewis Hamilton.
The Williams driver held his Mercedes rival at bay in the closing stages of Sunday afternoon's race at Hockenheim to finish second, marking his third successive podium finish.
But although his own efforts behind the wheel were important, Bottas says his team must be thanked for the part they played by providing information and optimal settings.
"I knew it would be close at the end and he was riding on my tail the last few laps," Bottas explained.
"For me it was important to get a good exit for the DRS straights, out of Turn 1 and Turn 3, and brake as late as possible for the hairpin.
"We were communicating [over the radio. There was a lot of support from the engineers with the best modes for defending, so thanks for that!"
Bottas says he was pleased to again extract the maximum from the package available to him.
"We always aim for more, but for now I'm very happy with this," he said. "Today it was the maximum result, we did everything perfectly.
"Of course I feel really lucky to be part of this. Last year we couldn't expect to be three times in a row on the podium. It's down to the package we have and hard work.
"It feels really good and we are aiming for more of it now."