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Bottas lauds 'perfect' Williams strategy after Canada podium

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Valtteri Bottas praised Williams' strategy as he claimed his first podium of the season at the Canadian Grand Prix.

Bottas copied race-winner Lewis Hamilton's one-stop strategy to rise through the order during the race to finish third. His podium was secured 20 laps from the end when Nico Rosberg, battling back through the field, gained a puncture when in DRS range of the Finnish driver.

The podium was unexpected before the race and Bottas said his team deserved credit for delivering on strategy.

"Everything was perfect," Bottas said. "I'm really pleased. As a team we were strong, a great strategy the car felt really good today and I was on it. It's great to be up here and a big thank you to the team as everyone has done an amazing job."

Williams was strong throughout the weekend, evidenced by Mercedes driver Rosberg struggling to get close enough to pass Bottas despite having the advantage f DRS in the laps before his puncture. Bottas, who was on the Montreal podium 12 months ago, thinks the team can use the result as a springboard to better things this year.

"Montreal has been pretty good to me and to us as a team. It was always going to be one of the good tracks for us, but today's result didn't come easy. The strategy and the choice of the lap when to stop was perfect. I really have to thanks Williams for this result but we need to keep getting these kind of results.

"This result gives us confidence we can do good things. This is one of the good tracks, but the team did a great job with the strategy. But the car was also quick, from the start I could put pressure on Kimi [Raikkonen] and even the Red Bulls I think the next few races should be good. This really makes a lot of good to the team and it's a motivation boost for the next races."