Valtteri Bottas insists his approach to the 2017 Formula One season will not change after securing his second career win in Sunday's Austrian Grand Prix.
Valtteri: “I feel like I'm getting better all the time”
The Finn beat Sebastian Vettel over the line by just 0.6s in a tense finale to score his second win for the Silver Arrows - significantly cutting his points deficit to the Ferrari man and team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the process.
After a strong showing in Spielberg, Valtteri feels he is on the upward curve heading into the second half of a hotly contested season - but is taking nothing for granted.
"It's still early days in the season. There's still more than 50 percent to go in this Championship. That's a massive amount of points to still get. With this team I'm developing so much every single race and I feel like I'm getting better all the time - even if we've had some unlucky races. There's a long year ahead and I'm sure I'll be in the Championship fight."
Valtteri: “I'll still go race by race, session by session”
While talk of a title tilt echoes around the paddock, though, the calm Finn says he won't spend too much time worrying about that just yet, preferring to continue his current race by race approach.
"For me, the title has always been the target since the day I signed with Mercedes. What else can be your target? But I don't shout about it too much. It doesn't help to start thinking about it because, as I said, we're not even halfway through the season yet.
"To win the title, we need to make the most out of every single race weekend, be consistent and, when it's possible, to win. Thinking about it doesn't change anything for me. I'll still go race by race, session by session. But I know as a fact that I'm still in the fight. That's good to know."