Valtteri Bottas says there is no such thing as a doubt in his thoughts that he considers himself to be nicely within the hunt for the 2017 Components 1 World Championship title following his second win of the season within the Austrian Grand Prix, warning his rivals he’s ‘getting higher’ with every race.
The Finn is mid-way via his first season with the title-winning Mercedes crew after being referred to as upon to switch retired reigning champion Nico Rosberg and has confirmed a aggressive issue on this 12 months’s title combat in opposition to team-mate Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, even when he’s in the end thought-about a relative outsider.
However, after salvaging a robust second place end in a chaotic Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Bottas loved a flawless weekend in Austria, clinching a second success of the 12 months with a well-judged pole-to-flag win.
The outcome retains him in rivalry together with his rivals on the head of the standings, Bottas now 25 factors shy of chief Vettel and 14 factors behind Hamilton. Had Bottas not been sidelined by mechanical issues while working third in Spain, he’d be labeled forward of his team-mate.
Certainly, Bottas believes his win in Spielberg proves he must be counted as a real contender for this 12 months’s title, reiterating it was his intention from the second he signed with Mercedes to be within the hunt earlier than warning he’s nonetheless but to get essentially the most out there from the W08.
“For me for the reason that day I signed with Mercedes what else can you place as a goal? So it has been all the time the goal. I do not wish to shout about it an excessive amount of. It is nonetheless early days within the championship, and greater than 50 per cent to go, so a large quantity of factors to get.
“With this crew I am growing a lot each single race and I really feel like I am getting higher each time, regardless that we have had some unfortunate ones as nicely. However so will the opposite guys as nicely. It is nonetheless a protracted 12 months forward, and for certain we’ll be within the championship combat.”