Valtteri Bottas says he would help Lewis Hamilton if needed

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Ahead of the Russian Grand Prix Valtteri Bottas said he was ready to “take one for the team” if he ever needed to help Lewis Hamilton’s title chances.

Valtteri Bottas has always performed well at the Russian Grand Prix, so naturally journalists are wondering if he would be open to letting Lewis Hamilton win the race if the situation called for it.

Ahead of the race weekend Bottas said he is ready to “take one for the team”.

“We have discussed many things internally, including different scenarios,” the Finn said.

“Every race is different. There could be times that we need to play as a team, and I need to take one for the team.

“And in this situation, how the situation is, yes I would do it because we’re here as a team and need to make sure we win both titles.

“Not only the constructors’ championship but also the drivers’. At moment, Lewis has greater chance for that – that’s the situation.”

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Bottas was also asked if he feels he is still fighting for the 2021 championship, and if Mercedes would even allowed him to fight.

“In Formula 1 you never know how the season progresses, there is still a fair amount of races. So never say never.

“The only thing I will keep doing is try my best, try to win races, try to be as consistent as I can to bring the points.

“And if I’m allowed? I don’t know really. You need to ask Toto. But for sure, it’s still a reasonable gap in the points.

“At least earlier on in the season, I felt like I wasn’t really any more allowed for contention, but you never know, we go race by race.

“For me personally coming here to this track, the only thinking in my mind is winning. It’s all that matters to me – and that’s my approach this weekend,” concluded the Finn.

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