Jack Leslie  |    16 July 2017

Valtteri Bottas admits he 'got lucky' to take second at Silverstone


Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas has admitted he “got lucky” to take second place at the 2017 British Grand Prix.

The Finn started from ninth on the grid after a gearbox change penalty, but made a good start to move up several places.

He was involved in some intense battles throughout the race, making his way ahead of Sebastian Vettel later in the race and into third place.

Bottas was then promoted to second when Kimi Raikkonen suffered a puncture with just a few laps to go, giving Mercedes a 1-2 finish.

"For us as a team it was really a perfect weekend for the circumstances,” he said. “How we started today from ninth, 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 supersofts 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.”


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