Bottas pleased to achieve podium target
24 August 2014 – Valtteri Bottas says he was pleased to achieve his pre-race target of finishing on the podium in Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix.
Williams struggled for pace in a rain-hit qualifying session, leaving Bottas sixth on the grid and team-mate Felipe Massa back in ninth position.
But the Finn recovered in the race, steadily picking off rival cars before finishing the job with a late move on Ferrari's Kimi Räikkönen.
"Our pace was solid today and a lot better than in qualifying, with some good battles with the Ferraris and Red Bulls, and I think third was probably the right result," Bottas explained after the race.
"I was stuck behind slower cars at the beginning, but I managed to make my way past cars when it was needed.
"We came into the race aiming for a podium and it is very satisfying to achieve it after an up and down weekend."
Massa struggled to 13th after a piece of debris got lodged in his car at the beginning of the 44-lap encounter.