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IN WORDS: Podium the Target at Silverstone – Valtteri

IN WORDS: Podium the Target at Silverstone – Valtteri

Valtteri Bottas says his minimum target is a podium finish despite lining up for Sunday's British Grand Prix from ninth after a penalty.

Valtteri: 'My target is at minimum to be on the podium'

The Finn topped both practice sessions on Friday, but was penalised with a five-place grid drop for an unscheduled gearbox change.

Valtteri managed P4 on Saturday before dropping to ninth, but after his strong Friday form, thinks a run to the rostrum is possible.

"My target is at minimum to be on the podium," said Valtteri. "That is the approach for tomorrow. I always feel positive about every opportunity ahead. I know that we have a very strong car here. I felt good on the long runs yesterday.

"After the gear box penalty we made the decision to run the soft tyre in Q2 to start the race with that as all the others in front of me are starting with the SuperSoft. That really creates some realistic opportunities to get really close to the front and get some strong points for us as a team."

Valtteri: 'We definitely had the quickest car today'

Valtteri ended the final qualifying shootout seven tenths down on team-mate Lewis Hamilton and admitted the gap was too big.

"I was in a good form yesterday and we definitely had the quickest car today," said the Finn. "I was targeting nothing less than fighting for the pole. So I'm disappointed.

"Starting ninth is far from ideal. The gap to the front was way too big. For sure Lewis was really on it. He had a great lap but I know myself for fact that the difference never should be that big. I think Lewis managed to get his tyres to work in these cooler conditions in the rain better than me."

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