Valtteri Bottas shrugged off his disappointment at qualifying second behind Lewis Hamilton on Saturday and pledged to attack his Mercedes team-mate in Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix to keep alive his title challenge.
"I’m not too bothered as I know second place is a good place to start with such a good run up to Turn One," he said.
"I need to attack if I want to keep my title hopes there and nothing is over until it’s over so I am definitely going to go for it.
"I know there will be opportunities to do it.”
The Finn added that he had felt his second flying run in Q3 was a good one, but had left him wondering how six-time champion Hamilton could be half a second faster. Hamilton claimed his sixth Belgian pole and the 93rd pole of his career with a flawless track record lap.
“I had a bit of a lock-up at Turn One, but the second run was pretty good overall and felt good so I don’t know where the gap to Lewis was…”
Bottas will have to fend off a strong challenge from Red Bull’s Max Verstappen at the start of the race after the Dutchman qualified third with a strong showing in the final part of Q3.
“It’s been a positive weekend for us,” he said. “We came here and thought it would be really tricky, but to be P3 and so close to Valtteri – although we are half a second off Lewis – I think I had a decent lap.
“I ran out of energy a little bit but that’s distributed all round the whole lap which is the best way to do it… Overall, I am pleased.
“If you look at the lap time to Lewis, I don't think we can fight them in the race -- but I hope the weather comes into play. If it rains, it will make it more fun."