Valtteri Bottas is targeting at least a podium in Sunday’s British GP as he looks to recover from a five-place grid penalty.
Bottas, the victor last time out in Austria, was fourth quickest in qualifying but will start ninth after a forced gearbox change.
After an impressive recovery drive in similar circumstances from team-mate Lewis Hamilton at the Red Bull Ring, the Finn is confident of salvaging a fourth consecutive rostrum.
“I’ve set a target minimum to finish on the podium,” he revealed. “That is the approach for tomorrow.
“I always feel positive about every opportunity ahead and I know that we have a very strong car here. It felt good in the long runs yesterday.
“Following the gearbox penalty, we decided to run the soft tyre in Q2 to start with them tomorrow, with all the other drivers on the supersofts, that can create some realistic opportunities to get close to the front and get some strong points for the team.”
After taking pole last weekend, Bottas was comprehensively beaten by local hero Hamilton, winding up seven tenths adrift and behind the two Ferraris.
The 27-year old concedes that the deficit was “way too big” but feels Hamilton’s superior tyre management may have been a factor.
“I’m disappointed,” he admitted. “With the good form yesterday and we definitely had the quickest car today, I was targeting nothing less than fighting for the pole.
“It’s far from ideal and the gap to the front was way too big. Lewis was really on it but I know myself the fact the difference should never be that big.
“I think he managed to get the tyres to work in these cooler conditions after the rain better.”