Bottas accepts he 'got lucky' with second
16 July 2017 – Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas believes Ferrari rival Kimi Räikkönen was out of reach in the battle for second position at the British Grand Prix, before his compatriot was slowed by late tyre drama.
Bottas started from ninth on the grid at Silverstone, after a gearbox penalty, but quickly moved into fifth, narrowly behind the battle between Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel.
Running on the Soft tyres, Bottas was able to prolong his first stint and made his pit-stop later than his rivals, in the process clearing Verstappen.
Equipped with Super Softs, Bottas closed in and swept past Vettel, before setting off in pursuit of Räikkönen, though the Mercedes driver appeared too far adrift to close the gap.
However, Räikkönen suffered a front-left tyre failure with three laps remaining, enabling Bottas to move ahead, completing a Mercedes 1-2.
"For us as a team it was really a perfect weekend for the circumstances," he said, having followed team-mate Lewis Hamilton home.
"It's just amazing what we've done today, the car was so good to drive, it was really quick, the team did perfect strategy for both of us, me and Lewis.
"I started the race with Soft tyres, I had to run really long and we actually extended the first stint quite a bit because everything was still looking good.
"Towards the end on Super Softs the pace was good with the fresh tyres.
"I got through on Sebastian, and was closing on Kimi, but I think realistically he was too far away for me to get P2, so I got lucky.
"On the other hand he got unlucky to lose his second place in the end, but a 1-2 is perfect."
Bottas' fourth straight podium finish enabled him to move to within 23 points of title leader Vettel, who came home only seventh after also suffering from late tyre dramas.