22 November 2014
F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Bottas - The race is never won at the first corner
Valtteri Bottas says he has no intention of holding back in his pursuit of fourth place in the 2014 F1 standings, despite the proximity of Mercedes' two title contenders.
Valtteri Bottas says that it is 'kinda cool' to be a potential factor in 2014's F1 world championship showdown between Mercedes team-mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, but admits that he is not expecting to be a match for them on raceday.
The Finn fended off Williams team-mate Felipe Massa to claim third spot on the grid for the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, getting to within 0.004secs of snatching a front row spot from Hamilton before the Briton upped his game. Although he does not believe his FW36 has the same race pace as the frontrunners, Bottas knows that a fast start on Sunday could still see him become an irritant to the title contenders, and he has no intention of backing out of the fight.
“It's kinda cool to be involved, and I will have the same approach as usual [into first corner],” he insisted, “I'll try and gain any positions if there is the possibility.
“It's good to be third and fourth again but, in the race, as we have seen before, I think the Mercedes still has a bit more of an advantage on Sundays than Saturdays. It could be difficult but, for us, the main target is to finish as high as possible and, if something is going to happen and if we have the pace, there is no doubt we are going to try and move forward.”
Admitting that the Yas Marina layout could help the Williams should it get ahead of one or both of the Mercedes, Bottas also had wise words that the front row might do well to heed on race day.
“In the end, the race is never won in the first corner, but I think this race is no different to any other for me,” he noted, “For me, obviously, the maximum I can get [from the season] is fourth place in the championship, and the main thing for the team is securing third place. That's our target tomorrow and, to achieve that, our goal is to finish as high as possible. It's no different to any other race.”
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