Bottas concedes to Hamilton support role

Published on 15 Sep 2018 13:49
image

Valtteri Bottas says he will do whatever he can to help teammate Lewis Hamilton win his fifth world championship this year. Hamilton currently leads the championship while Bottas sits in fourth place, 97 points behind.

Bottas has resigned that his chances of winning the championship this year are "very small". The Finn hasn't won a race so far in 2018 while he has bagged six podiums.   

Last time out in Italy, Bottas held up Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and allowed Hamilton to close in and overtake, which gifted victory to the Briton. And Bottas will have no issue continuing to do similar acts to help his teammate: "I understand that Lewis is fighting for the title while my chances are very small. So if I can help him do it, I will."

After the Italian Grand Prix, Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene called Bottas a "butler", before apologising for his comments. However Bottas says that he doesn't mind judgments that come his way as everyone is free to express their opinion.

"Everyone is free to express their thoughts. I was amused by some of them. What really matters to me is how I perform and how the team is working. Both drivers work for the team and although the team doesn't want to spoil my race, I want to help where I can.

"For example at Monza I drove a longer first stint, but at the end of the race I was able to attack on fresh tyres and eventually went on the podium. The team wants us both to succeed," he added.



Replies (4)
Posts: 18
Bottas is a very smart team player n driver.
They MERC might not have the fastest car this season but if they play as a team ( strategy like in monta ) they Might get both championships....
And with a little help from VETs mistakes....
 
SE calle.itw 15 Sep 2018 15:30+1
Avatar
Posts: 5251
Finally admitting what was apparent all along.
 
Avatar
Posts: 844
Supporting lead driver in the fastest f1 car. They should really do better than bottas. Not exciting at all, prone to mistakes.
 
US Rindtchamp 15 Sep 2018 19:250
Posts: 245
Nothing we didn't know from Australia tbh.
 

JP
        Grand Prix of Japan
Local time
Give your opinion!
Was Mercedes right to use team orders during the Russian Grand Prix?





Driver profile
Name FI Valtteri Bottas
Active As Mercedes Driver in Formula 1
Date of birth Aug 28 1989 (29)
Weight 70 kg
Height 1.73m
City Monaco
85,663 comments on Bottas
2 members have this driver as their favourite
Tweets about Valtteri Bottas
Track Circuit Suzuka
 
Track Circuit Suzuka
Location JP Suzuka, Japan
Website Website
 
Team profile
Name IT Ferrari
Founding date Jan 1 1929
360,887 comments on Ferrari
204 members have this team as their favourite
Website http://www.ferrari.com
Location Maranello
Tweets about Ferrari
Formula 1 Calendar
Previous Grand Prix: 7 October 2018
JP Grand Prix of Japan Grand Prix of Japan
Next Grand Prix: 21 October 2018
US Grand Prix of the United States Grand Prix of the United States