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Bottas would obey Mercedes team order

  • Published on 05 Apr 2017 15:59
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  • By: Rob Veenstra

Valtteri Bottas says that while he would obey team orders, he does not see himself as the 'number 2' driver at Mercedes. The Finn had a solid start to his new role as Lewis Hamilton's teammate in Australia, but many see Bottas as basically subservient to the triple world champion.

Bottas does not agree. "We have made it clear from the beginning that Lewis and I get to race in every situation," he told the Finnish broadcaster MTV. "Only if there are different tactics or a problem, then perhaps the team will give an order. But in general we are allowed to race, as long as it is done honestly and without colliding with each other. Our philosophy is that we are racing, and that's how it should be," Bottas added.

So the former Williams driver insists that, if an order from the pitwall does come during a race, he will obey it."If there is an order that you have to let your teammate past, it's the worst thing a racing driver can hear," said Bottas. "But there would always be a reason, which is why there is also a manufacturers' championship. I also have a goal of a long-term future with Mercedes, and I have always been loyal to the teams I drive for," he added. (GMM)

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  • Bummer, he has been asked to reign in his speed because butthurt boy can't handle it. More than a number 2 driver what merc really need is a large supply of Huggies.

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    • Apr 5 2017 - 17:09
  • He says that now, but when the situation comes I think we'll see quite a different thing.

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    • Apr 5 2017 - 19:39
  • Vet5

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    Mug! If i was given a 1 year deal, i would be paying my mechanics to do overtime in the garage and explain every single bit of the car and how systems work, and then go flat out and destroy my team mate, though that might be because im a prick :D

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    • Apr 7 2017 - 10:33

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