Valtteri Bottas admits he was lucky to catch Kimi Raikkonen in the final laps of Sunday's British Grand Prix.
Valtteri: 'I thought P2 was possible'
Valtteri battled his way up from P9 on the grid to run third and was hunting down Raikkonen in the closing stages of the race at Silverstone when the Ferrari suffered a puncture.
The Silver Arrows racer swept past the ailing Ferrari to claim P2, completing the team's second 1-2 of 2017, but admits it would have been tough to paste Raikkonen if not for the tyre issue.
"Yes, I thought P2 was possible," said Valtteri. "The lap when Seb and Verstappen pitted my tyres were still feeling good.
"In clean air I could really make the most out of that situation. It really helped. Once we stopped I had much fresher tires than them. That allowed me to get Sebastian and then put pressure on Kimi. I got a bit lucky in the end with Kimi's puncture and I think without it, it would have been really tricky to get him at the end."
Valtteri: 'I'm always upbeat for the race'
Both Ferraris had late tyre issues, and Valtteri suspects that the red team perhaps pushed too far on their rubber in response to the pace of the 77 Silver Arrow.
"He was just a couple of seconds too far ahead. But maybe they had to lift their pace at the end and here at this track it is so easy to overheat the tyres and then they suffer a lot. Maybe they had to go over the edge.
"I'm always upbeat for the race. I set no limits to what is possible. Everything is possible. We did a perfect job as a team with the strategy and how we managed the situation from where I've started. I'm, really happy with the result today."