However, he won't be able to catch Hamilton, who wrapped up his fourth world title last time out in Mexico, but Bottas has his sights firmly set on the Brit for 2018.
The Mercedes-AMG Formula One team minibus was robbed at gunpoint outside the Brazilian Grand Prix circuit in Sao Paulo on Friday night when the team was returning back to their hotel.
World champion Lewis Hamilton crashed out without posting a time at Interlagos, but Bottas ensured there would be a Mercedes at the front of the grid courtesy of a track record lap of one minute and 8.322 seconds.
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The 23-year-old gave a good account of himself, as the Three Lions played out a goalless draw with Germany . Demarai Gray and Dominic Calvert-Lewin had also been under consideration for experience.
Hamilton called on Formula One and the teams to "do more".
"I spoke with them this morning and I said we were going to put it on pole position and cheer everyone up, so I'm glad we did that", Bottas explained.
"I'm okay. It happened really quickly".
"I'm very happy with the qualifying, from my side and also from the team's side, except the unfortunate off Lewis had in the beginning".
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"I had a better run at the end of my out-lap, so there was probably more grip than I expected there".
Felipe Massa started his final home race weekend in good fashion for Williams to lead the midfielders in P7 as both McLarens made the top 10 with Stoffel Vandoorne in eighth and Fernando Alonso in P10.
Bottas is 15 points adrift of Vettel in the battle over second place in the drivers' standings and will close the gap if he can finish ahead of the German in Sunday's 71-lap race. Our target is still to get second place in the championship. I was already too slow by that point.
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