Hamilton won't give Brazil win to Bottas

Thursday, 08 november 2018, 11:19 , by Matthew Scott

Lewis Hamilton says he will not gift Valtteri Bottas a race win in 2018's final two races as recompense for being given the victory at the Russian Grand Prix by virtue of team orders. Bottas has a better chance of victory in Brazil an Abu Dhabi, by dint of Hamilton having wrapped up his fifth world title in Mexico last time out.

Mercedes' desperation to see off Sebastian Vettel led to the swapping Bottas and Hamilton in Sochi, despite the Finn leading impressively after securing pole position.

Bottas is still without a win in 2018, but may hope for a repeat of last year, when he scored a pole in Brazil before winning the Abu Dhabi GP – successes again eased by Hamilton having already been crowned.

Asked if a repeat of the Sochi team orders could be repeated in Brazil or Abu Dhabi, Hamilton replied: "The team are not going to make that call.

"If I'm in that position - It's not something I've asked Valtteri if he wants that, but I don't think he's going to want that. He's going to want to win it in his own way.

"So I don't know if I'll be doing him any favours in the sense of giving him a win, I don't think he needs that I think he thinks he can do it himself.

"All I can do is try and make sure I'm supportive throughout the process and the weekend. I'm always really open with my set-up, so I'll continue to do so.

"It would be great for Valtteri to finish on a strong note, feel better in the car and finish off strong.

"I think last year he finished off strong and that really set him up for the beginning of this year, which I think he started off strong again, so that is always naturally a good thing."

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Comments (19)

  • Chris Ellis
    Read the article. It's really short. Lewis has only said he thinks Bottas would rather win it on his own merit than only win because Lewis was faster and moved over to gift it to him. A win earned is satisfying, a win someone gives you is hollow. Even Lewis said that at Sochi.
  • Matt Boutell
    Maybe Bottas should up his game a little? He has a world championship car yet finishes 3rd to 5th in most races. Then, maybe, he wouldn't have to let Lewis pass him because he'd be fighting for the Championship himself? ???
  • John Mansfield
    Bottas wouldn’t want to be handed a win! That’s not how real racers do it!
  • Jamie Paget
    Bottas should be the bigger man and not accept charity, like his teammate does.
  • Willem Borrius Broek
    Good, hopefully Toto won’t tell Bottas to give Hamilton the win either
  • Steven Miller
    Come on Lewis, even I'll admit that you do owe him one for Russia.
  • Daniel William
    He won't have the chance. Kimi is going to crush both of them
  • Per Axblom
    Shumi gave it back to Barichello.
  • Steo Foy
    Yeah considering Bottas help Lewis Win the title.
  • Eduardo Aparicio
    After he let him go how many races?
  • Shaun Ross
    Schumacher is a bigger man than Hamilton
  • Ian Renkin
    Hamilton wingman and that's all he'll ever be....
  • Galal Abas
    show must go on
  • Carlos Proaño
    Jonathan Díaz
  • Graham Ona Dickinson
    Nobody wants a pity win.

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