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Bottas expects "respect" if handed support role

  • Published on 31 Aug 2018 15:51
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  • By: Paul Athes

Coming into the Italian Grand Prix after a strong performance in Belgium, Valtteri Bottas expects "respect" from his team if he's handed support role after Monza.

The Finn has failed to win a Grand Prix this season and currently sits 87 points adrift of teammate Lewis Hamilton. With the title battle hotting up between Hamilton and rival Sebastian Vettel, Bottas could be asked to aid his teammate's bid for a fifth championship. 

When asked if the new role would change the team dynamics, Bottas replied: “I think the team would still support both of us a lot. If I would have the pace to win a race, by pure speed, if I’m about to win a race, it’s up to the team to look at the situation." 

“I don’t think, in any way, I would completely lose the freedom to win the race if I’m able to do so. It depends on the situation: if there are clear points or way to avoid me or Lewis to lose points, we’ll see how to do it. It will always depend on the situation and I do trust the team that they have respect for both drivers and won’t do anything too harsh.” he added.

When questioned if the pressure from the rival teams helps him, Bottas replied: “It definitively hasn’t changed the dynamics in the team. That’s actually motivating us even more than before, knowing that we need to work hard, we need to improve because we want to win. It’s not like this wasn’t the case before, but when the team had the best car we set our own targets for how much we needed to improve every race."

“Now the goal is simpler: a quicker car and a quicker team. That obviously motivates us more, but I can’t see a different spirit or different dynamics, we’re still working flat out.” he concluded.

 

Paul Athes

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  • If? My dear Finn, you already have a support role, like it or not.

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    • Aug 31 2018 - 16:27
    • I think Bottas has been extremely unlucky this year. I actually think he improved from last year, but either his luck or performance failed in the worst possible times.

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      • Aug 31 2018 - 18:42
    • Oh yes, I agree, my point is that he is a second driver, whether he likes it or not, and Mercedes really dont give him as much to work with as Hammy.

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      • Aug 31 2018 - 19:24
  • xoya

    Posts: 450

    I love paraphrasing this: Valtteri, Lewis is faster. than. you.

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    • Aug 31 2018 - 18:55
    • boudy

      Posts: 1,160

      It must have been in his contract all along. The team should only care about the team championship not the drivers. For the team championship it does not matter how the points are build up. If Lewis can't beat Bottas then he should not surrender his lead in the race.

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      • Sep 1 2018 - 08:23
  • blade

    Posts: 341

    I think that's right on one level - but the kudos of having a 5 time WC in the team is massive for the Mercedes brand - something they would definitely want to see happen this year for marketing/prestige purposes - and that's nothing against BOT, it's just a big win for them.

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    • Sep 1 2018 - 08:56
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