IN WORDS: Second Place in Championship a Realistic Target – Valtteri

IN WORDS: Second Place in Championship a Realistic Target – Valtteri

Valtteri Bottas says his main focus is on taking second place in the 2017 Drivers' Championship, after moving to within 13 points of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

'I believe in my abilities'

After a tough few races, Valtteri bounced back in Suzuka and recovered from a grid penalty for a gearbox change to finish in fourth.

He's fallen 72 points behind Championship leader and team-mate Lewis Hamilton - but now has the runner-up spot firmly in his sights ahead of this weekend's United States Grand Prix.

"For sure, at this point I would still like to be in the fight. But, after a couple of races struggling, it's a bit trickier and now it looks like I'm going to be fighting for second place," he explained.

"That's more realistic at this point. I set high targets for 2017 but Lewis has had a great season. He deserves the success he has.

"I believe in myself. I think by working hard and taking every point, I can improve. Working with the team, I think it is possible. I believe in my abilities and myself. The future is still ahead of me."

'We have some new bits on the car'

The wide variety of corner types and long straights at the Circuit of the Americas means the Silver Arrows are anticipating another intense battle with Ferrari and Red Bull Racing.

 "You need a bit of everything here," Valtteri admitted. "There are quite a few high speed corners and also some technical sections. We just need to try and find a good compromise.

"We definitely need downforce. We have some new bits on the car this weekend trying to get a bit more. Hopefully that will help.

"We just need an efficient package. We know that at some places Red Bull and Ferrari are very strong - especially with longer corners. We will see how it goes."

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