Bottas: We are still chasing for the highest step

Valtteri Bottas finished third at Spa

Valtteri Bottas finished third at Spa

Valtteri Bottas scored his fourth podium finish of the season, again beating his more experienced teammate in the process as he establishes himself as a consistant Formula 1 front runner with the handy Williams FW36. He spoke after finishing third in the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.

Four podiums out of the last five races, tell us about it?
Valtteri Bottas: The team has done such a good job, we are definitely on the right way: another podium, the fourth one in my career and the fourth one this season. We are still chasing for the highest step but for now, for this season, if we keep like this, it’s OK because it’s the future that matters.

The highest step: how far do you think you’re away from that, because Williams have got a really great turn of speed? Can you just get that little final extra piece?
VB: I think this season it’s going to be difficult. We definitely need to be lucky to achieve that. Mercedes is really strong and even on a track like this Red Bull was really, really quick, we couldn’t really challenge Ricciardo, so we have still work to do but we are on the right way.

How was your fight with Kimi for the podium in the last laps? What was your feeling, was it something special?
VB: I think it was a nice and fair fight. First I nearly had a go into Turn 5 but wasn’t really quite as close, so then I just had to wait for a couple of laps to really prepare for it, then went for it and it was nice, clean racing with him. So, yeah, really enjoyed it.