Valtteri Bottas has his sights firmly set on Sebastian Vettel's second place in the Drivers' Championship after finishing third in the Singapore Grand Prix.
'The feeling in the car was much better'
Despite a poor start from sixth on the grid, Valtteri emerged from the first corner drama in fifth place and made up places during the second Safety Car phase.
Helped by the cooler conditions and improved rear stability, he remained in third place right to the very end to give the Silver Arrows a 1-3 finish at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.
"For me the start wasn't great," Valtteri explained. "I was slightly too cautious with the clutch. I could have been a bit more aggressive, so, the initial part of the start wasn't great.
"But after that, the pull away was pretty good. Then I saw some shunts ahead and I was just trying to avoid the debris.
"The feeling I had with the car in the dry, in terms of rear stability, was much better than at any point of the weekend so far.
'I need to raise my game'
"I think that was the reason for third place and the cooler temperatures definitely helped us. I pushed the car a bit more, leaned on the car a bit more and could trust the car more."
With Sebastian Vettel retiring from the race early on, Valtteri says his focus is now on closing the 23-point gap to the Ferrari driver in the standings.
"The team is definitely hungry to win and to finish strongly, as we want to be one-two in the Drivers' Championship. Of course the priority is to get the Constructors' Championship. But if things go well, it is important to win the Drivers' Championship as well.
"I'm focused on trying to get Sebastian [for second]. I don't think that much about the gap to Lewis, which is quite big now. I just need to go race-by-race and raise my game."