Good day overall for Williams today at Spielberg, and in particular for Felipe Massa who made the most out of the opportunity to return to a podium finish.
"I am delighted with the result, the team did a great job and it was a fantastic race. We made the most of the slower Ferrari pitstop and took all the opportunities that came to us to achieve my first podium of the year." said a quite pleased Felipe.
"The team were pushing me a lot throughout the final stages of the race and I was doing my best to keep Vettel behind. It’s not a very easy track for overtaking, so it’s important not to give him the opportunity to try. I knew it was not the time to make mistakes and it was amazing to bring it home."
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel congratulated Massa, stating he "did a good job, got the exits right; also they had a strong pace today"
With Valtteri Bottas having good track action and overtaking for the 5th spot, Williams’s Rob Smedley was satisfied. "We wanted to get a podium today and so made the most of the opportunities we were given and we weren’t going to let it go once we had it.
"We have kept quicker cars behind us on three occasions already this season which shows the great race craft the drivers have. Felipe did a great job under such pressure and Valtteri had a strong race with some very solid overtaking manoeuvres."