Valtteri Bottas says he is “100% sure there could be a circumstance” where he can win the Mexican Grand Prix, but if not he will “support Lewis and get the maximum points” for the team.
Valtteri Bottas will start the Mexican Grand Prix from P1, ahead of Lewis Hamilton. However, after qualifying he has indicated he is willing to play the team game, and help Lewis’ quest for the world title.
“I’ll enjoy this pole for a bit and then switch my mind for tomorrow,” the Finn told Sky Sports F1.
“We need to speak with Lewis how we can maintain the lead as a team and keep the Red Bulls behind.
“You never know what the race situation will be. I’m 100% sure there could be a circumstance I can still win the race and I believe in that, I hope for that.
“But if not, then I will support Lewis and get the maximum points for us as a team.”
Although Red Bull were the favourites to take pole position prior to qualifying, Mercedes ultimately managed to significantly improve their performance. the Finn says he is happy with how they turned their fortunes around.
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“It’s a good feeling. The car was a joy to drive. I think everything came together even better than I was expecting.
“I definitely surprised myself and the team was as well a bit surprised that we were actually one-two because we seemed a bit off in FP3.
“A really rewarding feeling that all the changes we made were in the right direction, and we remained calm and tried to execute the best we can out of the car, and it worked.”
Bottas also received a special Mexican Grand Prix Qualifying prize, a replica of the helmet worn by legendary five-time Formula 1 champion Juan Manuel Fangio.
“I have no words, it’s amazing,” the Finn said.
“I’ve driven Fangio’s car from ’52 and actually getting a replica helmet of his is pretty cool.”