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Valtteri Bottas

Bottas pleased to prove a point with Monza Sprint win

Valtteri Bottas continued his strong weekend in Italy by taking the win in Saturday's Sprint Qualifying race. Although the Finn knows he has some work to do given he'll start from the back of the grid on Sunday, he is looking forward to the challenge.

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Valtteri Bottas didn't hide his joy at taking the win in Saturday's Sprint Qualifying race at Monza, admitting it felt good to take the chequered flag again after failing to do so in quite some time.

Bottas started first and didn't let go of the spot, finishing ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen and McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo.

Although Bottas will have to start Sunday's Grand Prix from the back of the grid after taking on a new power unit, he was pleased with his performance in the Sprint race.

"This feels good! It feels like it's been a while since I finished first in a race," Bottas commented.

"Unfortunately, I'm starting from the back tomorrow, but the speed is there, so I'll be fighting and trying to finish as high as I can.

"Today I enjoyed it, it was a good, clean race and we had a good pace."

Bottas knows he'll have to fight his way through the field on Sunday if he wants to score a strong finish, but the Finn promises he'll do all that he can to make that a reality.

"It's not going to be easy, that's for sure," Bottas added. "With the train of cars with DRS, it's not easy.

"Obviously strategy-wise we'll have the free choice of tyres at the start, so let's see if we can do something. I'll give it all that I have, I can promise that."

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