Valtteri Bottas returned to the F1 podium for the sixth time this season with third place in Abu Dhabi, but insisted that the Williams team will be aiming higher next year.

The Grove outfit ended 2014 without a win to its name, despite having possibly the second best car in the field, and Bottas - who scored all of his top three results in the second half of the year - insisted that there was definitely more to come after joining team-mate Felipe Massa on the podium at Yas Marina.

"I always like to be up here and, obviously, the higher the step the better it is," he grinned, "It's been an amazing year, with so much improvement as a team, getting so much stronger. This last race shows how strong we are getting and the curve is to the up, so I expect a lot from next year. I'm really, really thankful that I can be part of this team and that I can drive this good car."

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Bottas also admitted, however, that things could have been better still in 2014, having seen the team occasionally come up short of its potential.

"If we look back on the season, there were many races where maybe we didn't get everything out of the pace that we had," he conceded, "We could have been fighting for second place [in the constructors' standings], but it's just a process of getting better as a team.

"Every time we've made mistakes, we've learned from them and that's the main thing. We've just going to make sure we don't repeat the same mistakes next year and I'm sure we'll be fighting for a better position. Third in the constructors' and, for me, fourth in the drivers' [championship] will do for now but, for the future, it's not enough!"