Bottas aiming for points finish on ‘busy’ Monaco weekend

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Valtteri Bottas is approaching the 2016 Monaco Grand Prix with a clear goal in his mind as he puts the emphasis on qualifying this weekend and securing his first Monte Carlo points finish.

The Finn has previously raced at Monaco three times, finishing outside of the top ten on two occasions and retiring in 2014 due to an engine failure.

“Monaco is a unique Grand Prix and really challenging as a track for the drivers, especially mentally, as you have to keep focussed for the whole race distance and a good qualifying lap is crucial. It’s a nice feeling when you do a neat lap there.” said Bottas.

With the glamour of Monte Carlo, also brings an increase in guests, and the unique schedule for the race weekend means the teams can provide sponsors and partners an extra day of attention at this Grand Prix.

“It’s a very busy week – it starts one day earlier than normal, because practice is on Thursday. Normally there are plenty of partners who come to Monaco for lots of events, so it’s probably the busiest race weekend off the track for me as a driver. It’s a big challenge.”

Like his team-mate Felipe Massa, Bottas is also a Monaco resident and is hoping for a top ten finish this weekend.

“I’m still missing my first points in Monaco, so I’m looking forward to being able to achieve that. It’s kind of like a home race as well, as I live there. It’s nice being able to either walk or scooter to the paddock!” he added.