Lewis Hamilton is just not planning to orchestrate a victory for teammate Valtteri Bottas on the Brazilian Grand Prix this weekend if the 2 drivers discover themselves main the race.
Bottas was main September’s Russian Grand Prix when he was requested by the Mercedes workforce to maneuver over and present victory to Hamilton. The determination was taken in order to assist Hamilton shield his championship lead from title rival Sebastian Vettel, who was operating third on the time, however proved controversial amongst followers.
Now Hamilton’s fifth world title is safe, it has been advised that he might give a victory again to Bottas if he finds himself main his teammate on observe. But forward of this weekend’s race in Sao Paulo, he dominated out such a situation.
“The team are not going to make that call,” he stated. “It’s not one thing I’ve requested Valtteri if he desires, however I do not assume he will need that. He’s going to wish to win it in his personal approach.
“So I do not assume I will be doing him any favours in the sense of giving him a win, I do not assume he wants that — I feel he thinks he can do it himself.
“All I can do is try and make sure I’m supportive throughout the weekend. I’m always really open with my set-up, so I’ll continue to do so.”
Bottas confirmed he had no need to win a race via workforce orders.
“Yes, I definitely don’t want to win if it’s given to me,” he stated. “I want to win by doing it by myself.”
But Brazil would be the first race in a very long time in which Mercedes won’t ask Bottas to make approach for his teammate if they’re combating for place — a issue that offers the Finn further motivation.
“Yes, definitely. Coming here knowing that there is a possibility to win a race is obviously a good feeling. You all know what my goal will be for this weekend, so it’s going to be up to me and I need to perform at my best level to fight for the win.”