Less than 24 hours after lamenting one of the team’s worst qualifying performances in its history, Rob Smedley, Williams’ Head of Performance Engineering, has heaped praised on Valtteri Bottas after the Finn’s remarkable drive to the podium at the British Grand Prix.

Bottas put in quite possibly the drive of Sunday’s 52-lap race en route to finishing on the podium for the second race on the trot, with his race featuring a number of impressive passing moves as he finished in second place behind race-winner Lewis Hamilton.

“It’s a great result for Valtteri,” Smedley beamed after the race.

“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.”

“We had a quick car and maybe it surprised us it was so quick. The first stint we went through the field fast and that needed a bit of risk. I am so happy for the team, they have worked on race pace and it shows,” Bottas added.

“We were thinking about points today not the podium, and the strategy guys did a great job. We are a stronger team than we were in the first few races and it won’t be easy to stay near the top but we are doing a great job of it at the moment.”

Valtteri Bottas

Bottas’ hard-charging drive to a career-best second-placed finish justifiably earned plenty of praise.

The result helped the team move ahead of Force India in the Constructors’ Championship standings, giving the team added motivation to press forward in the second half of the season.

“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.”

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Richard Bailey

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