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Valtteri Bottas

Bottas sets high target for Alfa Romeo in championship standings

After finishing seventh and eighth in the Canadian Grand Prix. Valtteri Bottas is hoping his Alfa Romeo team will be able to finish the 2022 championship season in a strong fourth place, two places higher than where the team sit at present.

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Valtteri Bottas hopes that Alfa Romeo can aim to be the fourth quickest team in 2022.

Bottas qualified in 11th place at the Canadian Grand Prix, one spot behind his teammate Zhou Guanyu, who made it into the top 10.

Due to some strong driving and luck with the Safety Cars, both drivers moved up the order to secure a double points finish for the team.

This result has buoyed the Finnish driver, who believes the squad are now back on the right track in terms of performance.

“Hopefully we can get up to a fourth best, that would be nice," Bottas told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"But I think that now we're back on the form we've seen earlier this year, we need to get it up [further]."

Late Safety Car makes Bottas' day

Bottas was satisfied with the team's performance in Montreal, not just in terms of the points scored but also in relation to how they were catching the Alpines.

"We're really pleased with getting double points, so it's good for us," he explained.

"And especially towards the end [of the race], to see the actual race pace, that we could really put pressure on Alpine. I think we had more pace than them at the end, so for that I'm happy.

"When you gain places in the race from your starting position, it's good.”

Bottas attributed some of his strong finish to luck with the late Safety Car, as it helped him to come out in a position that didn't leave him caught behind other cars that could have slowed him down.

"For me everything went perfectly," he added.

"I started on the Hard tyre, and then towards the end there was the Safety Car, so I was like, 'Happy days, it's good for me'.

"Any point is always good, and we got points with both cars so that's good. I'm glad that we could make up some positions, and every point will count towards the end of the year."

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