Valtteri Bottas says back-to-back poles in Brazil and Abu Dhabi are a good foundation to start his preparation for the 2018 season
Valtteri beat Lewis to pole in a close-fought final qualifying session of the season around the Yas Marina Circuit. It is the fourth pole of the Finn's career, coming just a fortnight after he edged the Ferraris to the top spot at Interlagos.
Valtteri ends the season on a high and is keen to take that feeling into the coming year.
"We want to finish tomorrow's race strong," Valtteri said. "There is no point in getting too excited today. Of course, you need to enjoy the good feeling, but it's only today and tomorrow is the day that counts.
"But no matter how tomorrow goes, it will be nice to head into the winter break knowing that I had the speed to be on pole two races in a row. It gives you self-confidence.
"That's a good feeling and a good basis to start working for 2018."
Valtteri reckons that the last qualifying of the year was also one of his best. His explanation for his performance? A great car.
"This could have been the best qualifying of 2017 for me", he said. "It felt like everything in the car was under control - a feeling I did not have very often this season.
"The car was behaving much better in qualifying than it did in free practice at any point this weekend. So the changes we made were a step in the right direction.
"I could work on the fine details and improve run by run to get the lap time down. And Q3 was pretty sweet.