Bottas: “I’ll try to delay Lewis securing the title for as long as I can”

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Valtteri Bottas says he is approaching the Turkish Grand Prix like any other, despite the fact that his title ambitions might mathematically end this weekend.

Lewis Hamilton sits 85 points ahead of Valtteri Bottas in the championship standings. With 104 points left until the end of the season, the Finn needs to outscore Hamilton by at least eight points if he wants to keep his title hopes alive. Despite this, he says he is approaching the race weekend like any other.

“It’s another race weekend and, as always, we’ve done all the work beforehand,” said Bottas at the Thursday press conference.

“We’ll try to do the best job we can as a team and me, I shouldn’t think too much on the points or anything, but, for sure, I’ll try to delay Lewis securing the title for as long as I can – that’s for sure.”

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The Finn also gave his comments on Formula 1’s return to Istanbul Park track.

“I raced here with GP3 back in 2011, which is a while ago. Obviously, I remember some bits, but it’s going to be completely different in a Formula One car and I think it’s the same for everyone.

“Since some drivers have been here with Formula One, as Lewis said, there have been some pretty big steps in the sport, so it’s a bit of a new track for everyone, so that’s good.

“As we’ve seen in Portugal, I think the big thing is going to be understanding the new surface, the tarmac that has been laid as I think it’s going to be pretty slippery.

“We’ll go step by step,” concluded Bottas.

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