Valtteri Bottas says Williams is still targeting a victory this season despite not being able to challenge Mercedes in Spa.

Williams is expected to be strong during this weekend's Italian Grand Prix, with its car suited to the high-speed Monza circuit. Spa was meant to offer similar opportunities but Bottas could only finish a distant third behind Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Rosberg having struggled in qualifying. While Belgium was Bottas' fourth podium of the season, he said the team is still looking for a race win but concedes it will be a tall order.

"I think by pure pace, it is going to be really, really difficult," Bottas said. "Mercedes is... any track they are going to be the strongest at the moment. Even Red Bull was surprisingly quick in Spa, so it's never going to be easy but we are aiming for that and we still need to work on all areas of the car.

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"We already have a good straight-line speed but all areas including, especially the corners, getting more grip into the car is the main thing really. We're working on that. It's still a long season to go, so let's see. "

Despite the overall aim for the season, Bottas admitted another podium is a more realistic goal for Williams at Monza.

"Well that should be the target. We don't see any reason why it would be not possible, so we're aiming for that. We know it's a good place for us, one of the good ones. We do have good straight-line speed and a special package for here, as I'm sure everyone does. I'm really looking forward to this one and I really think Sunday will be good fun."