Valtteri Bottas is hoping that he can prove to be more competitive up against Lewis Hamilton next season, saying he would rather "stay at home" than be a number two driver.
The Finn has secured the first couple of grand prix victories in his career and still has a chance of finishing runner-up in the World Drivers' Championship this year.
But Bottas has not being able to push Hamilton out of his comfort zone after being out-qualified 13-5 with a four tenth gap on average and finishing below Hamilton on 11 occasions when both Mercedes cars have finished the race.
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"In a few occasions, not as many as I would have wanted, I managed to be ahead of him," Bottas told Sky Sports.
"Even though he is a really, really good driver and very consistent, I also need to believe in myself.
"I can't put myself in a place of number two otherwise I would rather stay at home."
Bottas believes that his first year at Mercedes will provide him with a strong platform to improve in 2018.
He added: "This year I have learnt massively and I want to it as kind of a learning year for me with the team.
"Starting next year with the people I know it's going to be quite different and I just need to go for it and learn from all the hard times this year."
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