Valtteri Bottas hailed a “great day” for him and Williams after scoring the first points of his F1 career with eighth place.
“I’m very happy for the team, we got finally some points with me as well, and four points,” said Bottas to reporters after the race.
“Really did a very good job today. The strategy, the race start, pit stop, everyone from the team did so good job, I really feel like we deserved it.
Bottas said the team’s recent decision to remove the diffuser-blowing exhaust configuration from the FW35 “made quite a big difference, especially on this track”.
“I think we really did everything right, especially with the tyres,” he added. “I think we handled those wells, both in qualifying and also in the race.”
“All the race I had very good information from the pit wall how to manage the tyres, if I can push more or not, it was nice to have good support from the team there.”
Having a quicker car made it easier for him to prove his abilities, Bottas added:
“It feels much better. I think once we have more speed, like this weekend, maybe people see more what you can do in the car.
“Eighth position is starting to be closer to what I am aiming for and we are aiming for together. Of course we want to be further ahead but I think for now we need to be very happy.”
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