Lewis Hamilton: “Valtteri and I will no doubt work as a team”

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Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas think starting third might provide some advantage in Mexico, but they will “work as a team to try and hold one-two”.

Ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix there have been a lot of talk about possible team orders between Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.

After securing the front row in qualifying, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas were asked if all this talk provided them with additional motivation to qualify ahead of the Red Bulls.

“I would say that we have just been really focusing on our job this weekend,” Bottas said.

“We had a difficult Friday, we saw that we were behind Red Bull and even this morning, we were not where we should have been.

“So at least my mind has been just trying to find lap time and trying to find the best set-up for the quali and race. That’s all.”

Hamilton added: “Yeah, pretty much the same.”

“We’ve just been focusing on ourselves. We didn’t even know that was happening.”


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The duo were also asked if Red Bull’s start from the second row might actually provide them with an advantage, like it was at the Russian Grand Prix.

“It’s a little bit different,” Lewis said.

“It’s obviously probably almost as long, if not, yeah, I don’t know exactly. It feels exactly the same sort of length, but obviously in Russia there’s a lot more drag and a lot more tow-effect.

“Here there’s less but still there is a tow effect and so you know, Valtteri and I will no doubt work as a team to try and hold one-two for the team,” concluded the Briton.

Bottas added: “Yeah, like Lewis said, it’s maybe a bit less drag here.”

“So but I think to maintain the first two places, you still need a really good start. If the guys behind us have even a little bit better start then they will have an upper hand,” concluded the Finn.

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