Valtteri Bottas says he hopes to challenge for more points in the F1 season finale in Brazil on the back of a maiden top ten finish in the United States Grand Prix.

The Finn was one of the star performers in Austin as he brought his car home in eighth place, having also earlier qualified inside the top ten for the second time this year.

The 24-year-old will now hope to add to the four points he scored in Austin, and he said he was optimistic of having a car with which he could again finish inside the top ten.

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"After a strong performance in Austin where I picked up my first points for the team, I think we will have a good opportunity to finish in the top ten once again in Brazil," he said. "The weather is often quite variable at Interlagos which gives teams a chance to play with their strategy and make up places if we see rain during qualifying or the race.

"I drove in FP1 last year and I have done a lot of work in our simulator which correlates well to the actual track so I'm feeling well prepared. There is normally a different atmosphere to this race as it's the final one of the season and historically the races are very entertaining, so I'm looking forward to racing here and hopefully finishing my first season in Formula One with a good result that will give us confidence going in to next year."

Team-mate Pastor Maldonado meanwhile said he was keen to end his time with the team with a solid result of his own.

"Brazil is one of the most enjoyable races of the season and I always look forward to coming back," he said. "It may not have the same impressive infrastructure as some of the newer circuits, but the atmosphere is amazing and the track is very historic and usually leads to very interesting racing as there are a couple of good overtaking opportunities.

"This will be my last Grand Prix as a Williams driver after three seasons with the team so it will be an emotional race, and hopefully I can have a good weekend and finish on a high."