• IN WORDS: I Need to Keep Hungry - Valtteri

A tough weekend but more valuable points in the bag for Valtteri, who's only looking upwards

It was a pretty lonely race for our fast Finn, in many respects. With overtaking tough around the Marina Bay Street Circuit, he always had his work cut out from fourth on the grid - and had plenty to contend with just to maintain that position by the end too.

"At the end of the race I had nothing in the front right tyre anymore, it was finished," he assessed.

"The last eight to 10 laps behind Hulkenberg I lost at least one second per lap and I just couldn't get close enough to trigger that blue flag, I think it's 1.2s. As I got to 1.6s or something I couldn't get any closer, I just had more understeer. It was pretty tricky and I just lost time there.

"It was difficult. He's driving his race and he's trying to keep away from that 1.2s. I understand. I was losing at least 10s of race time, which is a lot. Honestly now, looking at how the race went, I don't think that cost me any positions - but at some other race it could have. 10s is a lot.

"At most of the circuits it's fine. But it is very difficult to get within 1.2s here. I'm sure at the next drivers' briefing or whatever we're going to speak about that. The more and more downforce with the current spec of cars, it's only going to get more difficult. Previously it was 1.0s, now it is 1.2s. With more downforce being added, it's going to be bigger. Hopefully next year it will be different."

Next stop, of course, is Russia - scene of Valtteri's first ever Formula One victory last year, after a race-long battle with Sebastian Vettel. This year, he's aiming for more of the same.

"It was a tough weekend, this one - it could have been a lot better weekend with better Qualifying," he continued.

"I'm looking forward to Russia. It was a good race for me last year. I think it always has been, so we can hopefully have a strong race there.

It's going to be a tough race again with Ferrari there like last year, when I had Sebastian right on my tail. I'm sure this year is going to be the same between the two teams."

After a tough run of races, where fortune and circumstance have more often than not worked against him, Valtteri could perhaps be forgiven for letting his head drop a little. Fortunately, however, it's just not in his blood to throw in the towel.

"I still want whatever is possible in the championship," he concluded.

"I think third at least is possible so that's going to be the goal for me. Of course, I'm driving for myself and the team, so I really want a good result.

"I'll keep motivated and keep trying to bring good results. But I really feel like I need some good results now. It's been a while since I had good proper results, nearly one year since I won a race. So for confidence and everything, I need some results.

"I need to keep hungry and motivated for each race. Obviously mentally for me now compared to the first few races of the season, it is more difficult now to feel that same mentality that you are fighting for the Championship and so on.

"I need to put targets for myself. If I just turn up like 'OK I am going to be here to help', it's not ideal. I need to have clear targets for each race weekend and that's what I'm going to do."