Valtteri Bottas says he hopes to replicate the kind of form that saw him win the GP3 title back in 2011 through the final stages of his debut F1 season.
The Finn moved into a race seat with Williams
at the start of the year but has failed to score a point to date in what has proven to be a difficult weekend for the Grove-based team.
Despite not having any points to his name, Bottas has still created an impression with his performances on track and he said he was eager to now replicate the strong finish he enjoyed en-route to the GP3 crown to further show he is worth of his place on the grid.
“With a very good second half of the season I won the GP3 title, was given the chance as Williams' Friday driver in 2012, and was able to prove myself,” he told the official F1 website. “Hopefully I can use that 'second-half-of-the-season' talent again this year!
“It has been quite a difficult season so far for us as a team as the results haven't been there, so from this side it hasn't been the easiest time. But together we will overcome it. Pastor and I have been very close in terms of performance so far - and that is good as it makes both of us try harder. There is a lot of competition between the two of us, but no hard feelings or jealousy. We both want to do well for the team.
“It felt very nice to hear that Claire Williams
had described my season so far as 'sensational'. It's good to know that I've done the job well, but of course I want to do even a better job in the second half - and I really hope that it will show in the results as well.”
Looking at his season to date, Bottas insisted he has improved as a driver, even though there remains plenty to do as he continues to acclimatize to life in F1.
“I think I started life in Formula One very well - so I would call it a good first half of my debut season,” he said. “I've learned a lot and feel that I am a much better driver now than I was at the first race in Australia.
“I've improved everywhere. On the technical side: making better decisions with the car set-up, giving better feedback to the team, working better with my engineers; and on the racing side: a huge load more experience in qualifying, at race starts and making pit stops, and a better understanding of strategies.
“Have I discovered what qualities it takes to be an F1 driver? Yes: it is hard work and you have to be one thousand percent committed. You have to be a team player - which I have always been. We work very well as a team, but of course there are always things you can improve. But the main thing is hard work: you cannot get carried away with your status as being a Formula One driver - you have to keep your feet on the ground and try to get better every day.”