Bottas is currently in second place in the drivers’ standings, 16 points ahead of Red Bull driver Max Verstappen.
With the Dutchman crashing out of Sakhir’s race in the first lap, a podium of any kind would have been enough to confirm a second consecutive one-two championship for Mercedes, but a late pit stop error was ended Bottas’ hopes for silverware, which means the battle will come down to the wire.
“The second is better than the third and as a team I think we deserve to be one-two with the car we have,” Bottas said.
“Obviously it’s not done yet, but at least I gained a few small points against Max. This weekend, we didn’t really feel like the team was prioritizing this thing, we just came here and tried to do the best job.
“It’s not like as a team they really gave me priority to be second in the championship so, yes we will see in Abu Dhabi. It’s a new weekend, it will be a more normal track instead of a Mickey Mouse track, and it will be easier to make some differences, so expect Abu Dhabi already. ”
In the second of two races to take place in Bahrain, Bottas was teamed up with George Russell, the Williams driver replacing Lewis Hamilton who had tested positive for Covid-19.
Bottas had started from pole but was overtaken by the British driver in the race for the first corner and seemed unable to keep up with his teammate.
Finishing only ahead of Russell because the Briton needs a flat tire replaced, Bottas said: “I’ve never been in a team being the oldest, but as a driver you do the best job no matter who. is the teammate you always want to beat him. ”
He added: “George started with the Lewis setup so there weren’t a lot of huge things to do and he has his engineers so they know for sure what to do with the car and there isn’t a really huge responsibility. If there was something I could change and give directions I would try to do it, otherwise it’s pretty straightforward. ”