Bottas displays Formula One title credentials
Bottas displays Formula One title credentials

Silverstone (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Valtteri Bottas underlined his status as a genuine contender for this year's world championship when he finished a bold second, from ninth on the grid, in Sunday's British Grand Prix.

The Finn, who replaced retired 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg as team-mate to Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes, is now only 23 points behind championship leader Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari.

Hamilton won Sunday's race with a performance of total supremacy from pole to flag and Vettel finished seventh after a late puncture deprived him of a possible podium.

"For us as a team this was a perfect weekend, especially considering the circumstances and where we started today, in ninth place," said Bottas.

"It's just amazing what we've done today. The car was so good to drive -- really quick -- and the team had decided to split the strategy between Lewis and me.

"I started with the soft tyres and actually went a bit longer than planned, as we extended the first stint quite a bit, because everything was looking good.

"Towards the end, when we put the super-soft tyres on, I was on a fresher tyre, managed to get through Sebastian and caught Kimi, but realistically he would have been too far away for me to get through.

"But then I got lucky, Kimi got unlucky and lost his second place. In the end, 18 points is the perfect result for me."


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