Valtteri Bottas is determined to end the 2015 Formula 1 season on a high by hanging on to fourth place in the drivers’ championship at next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Bottas enters the final race of the year just one point clear of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen in the standings.
Despite not having any major honors to fight for in Abu Dhabi, Bottas insists that he is still determined to finish the year as high as possible in the championship and keep Raikkonen behind him.
“I know many people would say it’s not important to finish fourth, fifth, or sixth in the championship but I don’t look at it that way,” Bottas wrote in his Williams blog.
“For me every position is important. I want to finish as high up in the championship as possible and, for me, that’s the way to go.
“It’s certainly going to be close in Abu Dhabi because whoever finishes in front of the other will get that fourth place.
“It’s going to be an exciting race, for sure. We were very competitive there last year, so let’s hope it will be the same in two weeks.”
The Bottas/Raikkonen battle has been one of the recurring battles of the second half of the year that has seen them come together on track twice.
In Russia, Raikkonen punted Bottas into the wall on the last lap as he tried to pass for third place, but the Ferrari driver retired in Mexico after another incident with his compatriot.
Bottas enters the final race of the year with only himself to look after after Williams clinched third in the constructors’ championship in Brazil.
“At the end of what was not a very exciting race for me, our results secured third place in the constructors’ Championship for Williams and that was something to celebrate,” Bottas said.
“Even for the drivers, the result in the constructors’ championships means a lot because it’s nice to secure the best possible position. It’s the same final position as last year, so I’m proud that even with a smaller team we can fight with the biggest teams.
“That’s good but we all want more. We need to say thank you to all the people in the race team and at the factory for all the hard work, but also to Mercedes for their engines. Without them we couldn’t do this, but we are a team that wants to win, so we want more.”