Bottas: Only goal is to win every race

Date published: May 11 2017

Having claimed his first race win last time out in Russia, Valtteri Bottas says his “only goal” now is to win every other race.

Bottas held off Sebastian Vettel to win the Russian Grand Prix, his first win in 81 starts.

It was, Bottas believe, just the beginning.

“It would be stupid not to go for the win – that is going to be the only goal in every race,” the Mercedes driver told BBC Radio 5 live.

“It is always possible and what is so exciting this year is going to every race I know there is an opportunity for the race win.”

He added: “The main thing for me is to keep doing what I’m doing and focus on my own thing.

“You need to believe in yourself and know you can be at a competitive level but the main thing is really just keep going and work hard and focus on your own job.

“And my job is to drive the car as quickly as possible. There are many details that go into that but that doesn’t change whatever the situation is, whoever is the team-mate.”

The Finn reckons his Russian win will be a welcome confidence boost as he has now proven he can do it.

“It does make a difference,” he said, “and it is always a confidence boost when you have a good result and many times you can carry on that momentum.

“I feel the main momentum at the moment is how I have been able to improve every single qualifying and race, and I want to keep that, improving all the time.”