Valtteri Bottas : Not Holding Down Vettel For Hamilton

Valtteri Bottas : Not Holding Down Vettel For Hamilton
9/7/2017

Valtteri Bottas qualified at pole position in Tha Austrian GP, which is the second of his career but has said he has no intention of changing his approach in order to help Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Finishing ahead of the championship leader Sebastian Vettel, who ended up in the second spot, while Lewis Hamilton will start eight for a gearbox penalty losing 5 grid positions. 

"From what I've seen on the pre-race strategy notes, that kind of plan is not on those notes," he said. "We need to focus on having a good start of the race and we need to win the race.

"For sure, Lewis can fight back from where he's starting, but if you start playing games like that here it can get quite tricky. If the car behind gets within the DRS zones and gets a good slipstream, it only needs one mistake and you can lose the win. So not planning on that at the moment."
Bottas feels he could still win the title despite standing 42 points behind Vettel and 28 behind teammate Lewis Hamilton. 

"I still feel personally there are all the possibilities for this year and I'm still in the championship fight. There are 12 races to go, so that's a huge amount of points. I am only developing with the team and getting better, so I always look at things positively and I know that I will be in the fight."
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