Q:
Two years on from your breakthrough race in the USA and one year on from your breakthrough year in 2014, how does the 2015 season stack up for you?

Valtteri Bottas:
As a whole, not great for me I must admit. I think it's a very unlucky season compared to last year - there's been a lot of things happening in races for me, things where I've not been able to do anything: pit-stops, wrong tyres, brake problems, things like this... In a couple of qualifying sessions, I didn't get 100 per cent out of the car and that is really crucial for the starting place so not a perfect season but there are still three opportunities left and I've been pleased overall with the last few races, I feel that I've been able to perform at my top level and get everything out of the car.

Q:
How important is it for you to secure P4 in the drivers' championship?

VB:
Well, it's not a top three place or for the title, so it's not a massive thing, but of course you do want to finish as high as possible and it would be nice to at least finish in the same place as I was last year. It's still realistic - 100% - so I think it's a good little target for the rest of the year to try and move up one place.

Q:
Where do you see improvements going forward to 2016?

VB:
I think, in F1, the learning or improving never stops as long as you want to do it, as long as you want to improve. For me, it is very difficult to say any one point but, as a driver from two years onwards, I have become more and more complete but I think it is a case of learning from every small mistake and every single session, every single lap, being 100%.

Q:
Are these targets clear and attainable?

VB:
It is quite clear. Improving, for me, is quite natural as I'm always critical of myself. Every session, every race, I look at the bad things and just want to improve those. If I just keep doing that, if I want to improve, it will come to me for a long, long time.

Q:
How do you feel the team needs to progress? Have you found some of the issues frustrating for a team competing at the top level?

VB:
It's been imperfect operationally as everyone has seen, and the team is also not very happy about it. Of course, we would have wanted to be on a higher level but we are really getting better. It might be easy to see but, from every mistake, we always learn. I think the pit-stops, in particular, seem very bad because we've been having issues with the wheel nuts not coming off the tyres. The boys, the mechanics, they've been doing a lot of work to improve, but with the equipment they have at the moment, they can't deliver - but we are working on that as well and finding results, so by the end of the year and especially next year, we will be much stronger as a team.

Q:
Are you happy with the decision to switch the focus more towards 2016 now?

VB:
I think it's a very good move. We saw from the beginning of the year that we didn't make the jump we wanted to do and we knew it was going to be quite difficult to, in a normal race, to win a race so I think it is very good - especially now that next year is getting closer and closer.

Q:
It will be your fourth season with Williams - how much input are you getting to have with the car?

VB:
The same input as always. What I can do best as a driver for development is to give really honest feedback about the car and where I think it needs to go quicker, so it is quite simple.

Q:
Would you like to see more 'revolution' with the car for 2016, or do you think it would be better to wait for 2017?

VB:
I would guess that the car will just be improved over this year's car. Then 2017 will be a completely different one. For the moment, from what I have heard, everything is going well with the new car and we've been able to improve it consistently. As a base car, it's not bad but it can be a lot better.

Q:
What do you make of the 2017 regulations? Is it the right direction for F1 in your mind?

VB:
I think it's really good! Really fast, a lot of grip and hopefully more power as well - that'd be really nice. If you only have grip, then you kind of miss more power.

Q:
Do you find that to be the general consensus amongst the other drivers?

VB:
I think everyone is really looking forward to that, so that's good. As long as the racing keeps being good - at the moment, it's very good - or even gets better, gets closer, that will be really good.

Q:
As one of the lesser experienced front-running drivers, what is your opinion of F1 in its current era?
VB:
I think it's good. The cars are not easy to drive - if you push it to the limit, it is always tricky - but the racing has been very good overall. Of course, there are races that have been boring but overall it's been really good so I'm not complaining. We need to make sure F1 stays the quickest category of all, and GP2 is not that far away, so that's a little bit worrying. Luckily, they're doing something about it...

Q:
Do you prefer a car that is more challenging to drive?

VB:
My feeling has always been the quicker the car and the trickier [it is], I've always been better compared to some others, so I wouldn't mind.

Q:
How disappointed are you to not be getting the Mercedes upgrade? Do you understand the reasoning for it?

VB:
I think the reasons why they have not offered it are fair - they are in that kind of position and it's up to them. We are just happy that we have the best engine for the moment of all the engine manufacturers. This is the situation and I'm not complaining at all. I trust that they would also want us ahead of the Ferraris, so....

Q:
Can Williams win again with a customer engine deal or do you feel to become regular front runners it needs a more dedicated supply, much like it did with BMW?

VB:
I think they can but as I've said before it is very difficult to win in F1, but it's possible. What we need to make sure we do as a team is build the quickest car on the grid - if we have the quickest car, we can do it!

Q:
Williams has been very good in putting its faith in younger drivers and nurturing them. Given F1 is looking fairly similar driver-wise next year, do you feel it is a shame that some up and coming drivers are being overlooked in favour of experience?

VB:
I don't think there's ever been that many chances - it has always been tricky to get into F1 - but, to be honest, I've not really followed that situation closely, how many drivers have [inaudible]. I think it's never been easy but I still think that, in the end, the best drivers will end up in F1 at some point. Some may need to wait a bit more as a test driver or something, but they should make it.

Q:
Can you win races - or even a title - at Williams?

VB:
It is possible. I think next year is going to be crucial - if we can really move forward that would be good. But it's too early to say - you never know until you've tried the car, or until we're in Melbourne next year. I've said for a long time that this team has everything to be a world championship team but I've also said that it's difficult and everyone knows that. I have faith, but we'll see next year what the situation is and then we need to make some kind of decision for the future.

Q:
There was much talk over the summer about you potentially moving to Ferrari before it fell through. However, as Toto Wolff is one of your managers, has Mercedes ever been mentioned as a future option?

VB:
I don't know... we'll find out later. This is too early to speculate. I think, for me, obviously, like every season in F1, it is important but next year, for me, is going to be very important to do well.

Q:
Do you get much feedback from Toto?

VB:
We'll speak from time to time. He can be very critical, which is good, but we'll speak quite a bit

Q:
And what about when Mika Hakkinen (another of Valtteri's mentors) gives advice? Do you listen?

VB:
Yes, of course, always. He is one of the few guys that, when he gives a comment, you want to listen in. I've learned quite a bit from him - he's got so much experience about driving F1 and everything related to it, so many things, and even outside F1, in life in general!