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Bottas: It’d be nice to finish ahead of quicker Ferrari

Valtteri Bottas says he is focused on beating Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen to fourth overall in Abu Dhabi given his countryman's 'faster' car.
Valtteri Bottas says staying ahead of Kimi Raikkonen in the overall Formula 1 standings will be a reward for Williams since he regards the Ferrari as the 'quicker car'.

The Finn heads into the final round of the 2015 season in Abu Dhabi with a one point advantage over his countryman, the pair finely poised after two controversial clashes in the last five races.

Indeed, though Raikkonen has played down the importance of the position, Bottas is taking it more seriously, suggesting it will be 'nice' for Williams to claim a Ferrari scalp in a year that has seen the Italian team produce the more consistent package.

“I think that, for Williams as a team, the main thing would be to finish ahead of a quicker car in the championship,” he said. “It would be nice. Like I've said in to many similar questions, for me it doesn't change at all if it's Kimi or someone else I'm fighting with for that position.

“As a driver I just want to get every possible position. With what we have, with the car we have and with what we're doing as a team, I want to get the maximum out of it and the highest possible position in the championship.

“It would be nice to finish the race high up, hopefully even on the podium. I think this track shouldn't be too bad for us, but Ferrari has been very quick on Sundays, lately. We need to see if we have enough pace to challenge them.

Should Bottas achieve his objective, it will match his overall 2014 result, though he will do so this year with fewer podiums than the six he managed last season. With this in mind, Bottas admits it is shame not to have made a closer step to the front this year.

“For sure we aren't any closer than last year, maybe the gap is the same but for sure we didn't get any closer. This is still a great result and I'm proud we can challenge these big teams, but it's clear to everyone at Williams that we need to get closer, we want to challenge for wins.”



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(L to R): Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari; Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1; Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1, as the grid observes the national anthem.
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(L to R): Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing; Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari; Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari; Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1; Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1, as the grid observes the national anthem.
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(L to R): Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 and Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 as the grid observes the national anthem.
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Tomco

November 26, 2015 7:40 PM

Ah "Finnish" Lulu. Took me a while to understand that. I fully agree though. Bottas just a wee bit overrated. Hardly better than Massa who used to be very quick but isnt now. Bottas should be way quicker.



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