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Valtteri Bottas: “The target will be to finish in the top five”

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Valtteri Bottas ended sixth after qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix, with the Finn feeling he got the best out of his car on Saturday.

Bottas out-qualified Williams Martini Racing team-mate Felipe Massa by just 0.002s during Q3 despite the Brazilian being the only one within the team running the updated 2016 front wing at the Sakhir International Circuit.

Bottas is certainly looking to improve his position during Sunday’s Grand Prix, with the first target being Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo, who the Finn reckons will have a straight-line deficit compared to the Williams driver.

“It was a good qualifying session and we managed to get the maximum out of the car we had,” said Bottas. “In Felipe’s car we’ve also made progress with the new front wing today, which is good.

“We start the race in a strong position and the target will be to finish in the top five which I think is definitely possible. We just have to find a way to get past the Red Bull and the fact that we have better straight-line speed compared to them should help us.

“I’m hoping for a nice clean race and to collect some good points tomorrow for both cars.”

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