Bottas insists beating Ferrari remains target

By on Saturday, November 22, 2014
Williams Martini Racing

Williams Martini Racing

Valtteri Bottas insists that Williams' target for the final round of the year in Abu Dhabi remains securing third in the Constructors' Championship, ahead of Ferrari.

Williams is currently 44 points ahead of rivals Ferrari but with double points on offer Bottas, who qualified for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in third place, says holding onto their current position remains the team's primary ambition.

"It was a nice qualifying and the lap at the end, the car felt really good, it felt nice, [Felipe Massa] was really quick today so not easy to beat him," he said.

"I think in the race as we’ve seen before Mercedes usually have a bit more advantage on Sundays than Saturdays, but for us [the aim] is to finish as high as possible, if something’s going to happen no doubt we'll have the pace and move forwards.

"For me the maximum is fourth in the championship and for us as a team it is securing the third place and that is our goal tomorrow."

Bottas was also pleased with Williams' recovery after a difficult first practice session in which bodywork became detached from his FW36.

"We only really had one issue this weekend but it was the thing with the bodywork, we tried something different and it failed, [it was] good it happened in FP1, everything [was] set for FP2," he said.

"In FP3 the car felt okay but adjusting some things we got some more out of it for more pace. [It's been a] pretty normal weekend so far for us as we did a solid job - like always its tomorrow that matters."

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