Bottas sets sights on Vettel in standings
17 September 2017 – Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas has declared that overhauling Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in the title standings is his next target, after claiming a podium finish at the Singapore Grand Prix.
Bottas struggled for pace throughout the weekend at Marina Bay and lined up from sixth place in wet conditions.
He profited from the dramatic start crash between the Ferrari drivers and Red Bull's Max Verstappen, but was overhauled by Nico Hülkenberg and Sergio Pérez, before being passed by Jolyon Palmer.
Having stayed out during the Safety Car phase instigated by Daniil Kvyat's crash, Bottas moved into third place, and maintained his position to the finish, behind Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo.
Bottas' podium, combined with Vettel's lap-one exit, means the Mercedes driver is now just 23 points adrift in the standings.
"There are still plenty of races to come and plenty of opportunities, and definitely Sebastian is the next target," he said of the championship situation.
He added: "Of course, it was good for us, very good damage limitation today.
"We definitely got lucky, but I have to say the car was working better than expected today, and I was really waiting for the opportunities.
"I struggled in the wet with the pace, but in the dry it was pretty good."
Bottas said the result was welcome on a challenging weekend for Mercedes.
"I think we take it, although it's not a 1-2, but at a difficult track for us a 1-3 is nearly perfect, so thank you [to the] team," he commented.