Bottas: I won’t look behind me tomorrow

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Valtteri Bottas has his sights set on a second F1 victory, and says he is solely focused on his own race rather than watching the Ferraris in his mirror.

Bottas edged out the lead Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel by only half a tenth for pole position, having only taken his first pole position months earlier in Bahrain.

“What a special feeling,” he said afterwards. “It’s only the second pole for me and hopefully there’s more to come. It was a good lap in Q3, if not quite perfect. Today was all about building up the confidence in the car. I got it set up nicely and it’s great to get the second pole position of my career.”

The Finn was not concerned about the narrow margin of his success in qualifying, and insists he won’t be watching his mirrors and reacting to Ferrari’s moves during the race tomorrow.

“I’m going to focus on my own race, rather than looking behind me tomorrow, but we will not underestimate the Ferraris. It’s going to be close and should be an interesting fight.”

Spielberg is known for variable weather conditions, and Bottas is looking for conditions stay dry, hoping it will allow him to capitalise on his grid position with minimal fuss.

“The weather could be important tomorrow but starting first, I won’t complain if the rain stays away. The car feels great, especially on high fuel, and I’m ready to win. That’s the only target.

“It’s been too long since Russia.”