Eight seasons' podiums rolled into one for Williams

© F1 Pulse, 26 August 2014
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Williams is clearly heading back towards the front.

Valtteri Bottas' third place at the Belgian Grand Prix, the Finn's and Williams' fourth podium in the last five races, is as many as the team recorded in the previous eight seasons combined.

It was the first rostrum for Williams at Spa-Francorchamps since Juan Pablo Montoya's P3 in 2002, but the result isn't enough for the team that has found its hunger for success again.

"We are still chasing for the highest step but for now, for this season, if we keep like this, it's OK because it's the future that matters," Bottas said.

Williams came into the weekend saying Spa and the next race at Monza were its best opportunities to win a race this season, although Bottas admitted after the Belgian GP that it now seemed a rather tall order.

"We definitely need to be lucky to achieve that," he said.

Williams last featured on the Spa podium in 2002 when Montoya finished P3 © AP Photo/Frank Augstein

"Mercedes is really strong and even on a track like this Red Bull was really, really quick, we couldn't really challenge (Daniel) Ricciardo, so we have still work to do but we are on the right way.

"I have to say that we are little bit surprised by the pace of Red Bull and Mercedes," he pointed out.

Williams is currently battling Ferrari for third place in the constructors' championship with only ten points separating the two teams and seven races remaining in the season.

The last time Williams' registered four podiums in a single season was in 2004 and 2005.

 

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