IN WORDS: I Learned a Lot From Malaysia – Valtteri

IN WORDS: I Learned a Lot From Malaysia – Valtteri

Valtteri Bottas is staying positive ahead of this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix, after a tough race in Malaysia, and is pushing hard to meet his goals.

'I just want to perform'

Valtteri struggled for pace at the Malaysian Grand Prix and finished the race in a distant fifth place, saying afterwards it has been the most difficult time of his Formula One career so far.

"The only thing I want to do is to perform and to try and meet my goals, which I set for myself personally," the Finn explained, ahead of this weekend's race at Suzuka.

"That's the main thing. I definitely haven't been achieving those lately, so that's why the feeling wasn't so positive after the race.

"So, for sure it's tricky because now, having such a good car and with potential for such good results, I just want to perform. So, that's why."

'There's always a positive'

Despite the challenging time for Valtteri, he's determined to keep positive, admitting he learned a huge amount from the difficult Sepang weekend.

"I think the compromises we've needed to do at some circuits, to get it into the right window, have sometimes been quite a challenge to drive around," he said.

"I think Lewis has been able to extract a little bit more sometimes with a trickier setup. Some things with the driving style always make a difference and to understand that, you need that bad weekend to learn from it - otherwise you don't know these differences.

"It's not massive things, it is small things but this sport is all about details and changing some things in your own driving can sometimes be a bit of a challenge.

"Then, the driving maybe doesn't feel quite natural at times - but that's how it is. I see things positively because I think from all those difficult weekends we've had, there has been so much to learn from, so much to get better from.

"Like the race in Malaysia. I've had so many answers to my questions from that race. We've been trying to work out every single detail with the engineers and trying to understand. So, I've learned massively again from last weekend. That's why there's always a positive.

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