Unlike his teammate Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas is confident he will be able to battle with the Red Bull cars after a strong qualifying day for the Styrian GP, which saw him place the second-fastest time.

Bottas will start the race in the fifth position after receiving a 3-place grid drop penalty for dangerous driving during Friday’s FP2. Despite this, the Mercedes driver is confident he will be able to battle the championship leaders throughout the race.

“I think it was a strong qualifying,” Bottas explained. “If I look at Practice Two and Practice Three I still struggled a bit, but with the set-up we’re on the right direction.

“It was a lot better feeling, really felt good in the car and felt like I got the most out of the car. Just the first run in Q3 I had traffic with [Yuki] Tsunoda, so I lost a couple of tenths there, so, I don’t know, maybe there was a bit more to come.”

“We knew I’m going to have the penalty, so we thought, ‘Okay medium [tire] should be the best option’, so we used two mediums in Q2 to try and start the race with the medium.”

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