home icon / F1 News, Reports and Results / Bottas focussed on winning, not on helping Hamilton

Bottas focussed on winning, not on helping Hamilton

Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, Austrian Grand Prix
© XPB 

Valtteri Bottas was celebrating his second career Formula 1 pole position on Saturday. He pipped Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel to the top spot by 0.142s in qualifying at the Red Bull Ring.

"What a special feeling. I got it set up nicely and it's great to get the second pole position of my career.

"I enjoyed it today," said the Finn. "The car was getting better and better as the grip was coming up. Had a decent lap in the end - not quite perfect - but it was good enough."

The first time Bottas started from pole position was in April in Bahrain. On that occasion, Vettel went on to win the race and Bottas finished third behind his team mate Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton finished qualifying in third place, but will be starting tomorrow's race from eighth because of a five-place grid penalty. Hamilton is 28 points ahead of him in the championship and the nearest challenger to Vettel for the title.

However, Bottas insisted that he's not about to compromise his chance for victory to help Hamilton.

"From what I have seen in the pre-race strategy notes, that kind of plan is not on those notes," he said. "The target is not less than winning of course for us.

"I'm going to focus on my own race, rather than looking behind me tomorrow. But we will not underestimate the Ferraris. It's going to be close and should be an interesting fight.

"Lewis can fight back from where he is starting. If you start playing games it gets tricky," he explained. "If the car behind gets DRS and the slipstream, then with just one mistake they can get the win.

"We need to focus on trying to have a good start to the race and we need to win the race," he said. "The weather could be important tomorrow but starting first, I won't complain if the rain stays away.

"I'm sure Lewis still has a good race ahead. A lot of time to come back and get points for us as a team.

"I think like Sebastian said it should be a interesting, good fight tomorrow," he summed up. "I can't wait for tomorrow, honestly!"

GALLERY: F1 drivers' wives and girlfriends

Keep up to date with all the F1 news via Facebook and Twitter