Bottas pleased to split the Ferraris in fourth

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Valtteri Bottas was pleased to split the two Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen after finishing the Spanish Grand Prix in fourth.

Bottas ran comfortably in fourth throughout the race and held off the late advances of Raikkonen to secure 12 points for Williams.

“It feels good to split the Ferraris for a second race in a row and this has been another solid points haul for the team,” Bottas said.

“Tyre life was better than we expected and as a result we changed from a three-stop to a two-stop race, which was a good strategic choice from the team because it allowed me to keep Räikkönen behind.

“The big positive is that we were closer to the leaders than we have been at any point this season. That gives me a lot of hope because we have shown that the updates we are bringing are improving our performance.

“I want to thank all the team here and in Grove for providing me with a great car to go racing with, and I’d also like to thank Mercedes HPP as they continue to push hard on the power unit to help us keep our competitors at bay.”

Williams team-mate Felipe Massa recovered from his worse starting position of the year to come home sixth at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

“It was a good race for the team, scoring 20 points, not losing too much to Ferrari, but also getting a lot more than Red Bull which is really important and positive for our championship position,” he said.

“I managed to overtake cars on the first lap and then fought hard with Kimi [Raikkonen] for a long time, which was hard on the tyres.

“Because of the extra degradation a three-stop race was better for me today, but it meant the others were too far ahead.

“We finished with one car in front of a Ferrari so we have shown that we can be competitive with them and we can now look forward to Monaco which will be a very different test for the car.”

Image courtesy of Williams F1 Team

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