Bottas says beating Raikkonen is important

Valtteri Bottas says finishing ahead of Kimi Raikkonen in the standings would be great achievement, despite the Ferrari driver admitting he does not care much.

Williams driver Bottas is currently fourth in the standings, just one point ahead of his compatriot, with only this weekend's Abu Dhabi finale left to run.

Raikkonen had admitted it does not make a big difference to him if he finishes fourth or fifth, as all he wants is to win.

Bottas, however, sees things differently.

"I think the main thing would be for us as as team to be at least ahead of one quicker car in the championship, with me that would be nice," said Bottas on Thursday.

"For me it doesn't change at all if it's Kimi or someone else I'm fighting with for that position.

"As a driver I want to get every position that's possible, of course.

"With the car we have and with what we are doing as a team I want to get the maximum out of it and the maximum ranking in the championship," added Bottas.

The Finn, who has finished on the podium twice this year, believes Williams can target a top-three result in Abu Dhabi, even though he admits Ferrari has been very strong in the past races.

"It would be nice to finish high in the race, and hopefully on the podium even," he said.

"I think it's not a bad track for us but Ferrari has been very quick on Sundays lately so we need to see if we have enough pace to challenge them."

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Series Formula 1
Event Abu Dhabi GP
Track Yas Marina Circuit
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen , Valtteri Bottas
Teams Williams , Ferrari
Article type Breaking news