Bottas retains title belief
Mercedes star Valtteri Bottas says he can challenge teammate Lewis Hamilton for the drivers' title despite falling further behind.
Bottas failed to mount a serious bid for the Drivers' Championship last year but won two of the first four races this season to give himself a real chance.
However, the Finn is now 29 points behind Hamilton after coming in fourth in Canada on Sunday as he failed to finish on the podium for the first time this term.
Bottas' errors in Montreal came in qualifying as he started from sixth on the grid, and the 29-year-old is aware he cannot afford to make any more mistakes if he is to remain in the hunt for a maiden world title.
"I still felt really good in Q1 and Q2, in Q2 I had a clear idea of how to improve and where to improve, and I was really confident," said Bottas, as reported by Motorsport.com.
"Then it really came down to a silly mistake that meant I lost quite a few points, which is obviously annoying. I can't really afford many of these type of weekends if I want to fight for the title. I have to move on.
"Maybe it was a bit of a wake-up call again. I'm sure I can always learn from that. For me, thoughts are already on the French Grand Prix."
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