Valtteri Bottas recorded his third consecutive podium finish in today’s German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring.
The Finn continued his strong form from Austria and Silverstone with another impressive drive to second place, equalling his best ever result in Formula 1.
He started from the front row of the grid after capitalising on Lewis Hamilton’s Q1 brake failure to finish qualifying in the top two.
He maintained his position off the line, entering turn one well clear of the opening lap chaos that took his team-mate Felipe Massa out of the race and gradually dropped back from eventual winner Nico Rosberg in the opening stint.
Bottas managed to complete a two-stop strategy, managing well over 40 laps on his final set of soft Pirelli tyres.
He was forced to defend heavily from Lewis Hamilton in the closing stages of the race, with the Brit swiftly catching the Williams driver on the super-soft compound.
However, Hamilton could not find a way past after some impressive defensive driving from Bottas. He eventually finished 1.8 seconds clear of the Mercedes driver to finish in second place.
Bottas has retained fifth in the drivers’ standings, extending his lead over Sebastian Vettel and moving closer to Fernando Alonso.
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