Bottas targets podium from third

By on Saturday, September 26, 2015
Pirelli Media

Pirelli Media

Valtteri Bottas says Williams must target a podium finish at the Japanese Grand Prix after he set the third fastest time during Saturday's qualifying session.

Bottas was third best at Suzuka, behind only Mercedes pair Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, and is hoping that he can climb onto the podium for the second time in 2015.

"I’m really happy to be third again in Suzuka," he said, having started the 2014 race from the same position. "It has been a good day.

"We made some changes after the third practice session and those changes were exactly what we needed, so as a team we have really performed well.

"I feel comfortable with the car and around here that is very important. I enjoyed the session a lot. We have limited data on tyre wear due to the conditions yesterday, but starting third we need to target the podium tomorrow."

Team-mate Felipe Massa will start from fifth position, having set a time three-tenths of a second down on Bottas.

"The car was competitive even if I didn’t get to show its full pace due to the red flag in Q3," he said.

"We have a long race tomorrow which we are looking forward to and I believe we can deliver a strong performance."

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