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F1 news - Lewis Hamilton rules out gifting Bottas a win

Hamilton rules out gifting Bottas a win
By AutoSport

09/11/2018 at 03:05Updated 09/11/2018 at 04:05

Lewis Hamilton says he "wouldn't be doing many favours" to Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Valtteri Bottas if he was to hand him a grand prix win in return for Sochi.

Bottas was consigned to a support role for Hamilton in the 2018 title race run-in, and was ordered to let the eventual champion through when he was on course for a first win of the season in the Russian Grand Prix.

Hamilton has since wrapped up his fifth drivers' title, which means Bottas is now free once more to challenge his team-mate in the two remaining races of the campaign.

But Hamilton has insisted there is no Mercedes plan in place to ensure Bottas gets his win back.

"The team are not going to make that call," Hamilton said ahead of the Brazilian GP.

" It's not something I've asked Valtteri, if he'd want that, but I don't think he's going to want that. He's going to want to win in his own way."

"So I don't know if I'd be doing him many favours in the sense of giving him a win. I don't think he needs that anyway, I think he can do it himself.

"All I can do is try to make sure I'm supportive throughout the process, throughout the weekend. I'm always really open with my set-up, so I'll continue to be so."

When asked about Hamilton's stance by Autosport, Bottas agreed that he was not interested in being gifted a win.

"I definitely wouldn't want to win by being given [it]," he said.

" I want to win by winning the race myself."

Last month team boss Toto Wolff suggested Bottas's number-two driver role had been a "mental setback" for the Finn.

Bottas himself has now admitted that heading into the Interlagos race with no team orders on the horizon was "definitely" a boost to his spirits.

"Coming here, knowing that for me there is a possibility to win the race, that's obviously a good feeling," he said.

"I guess you all know what my goal will be for this weekend - but that's going to be up to me and I need to perform to be able to fight for the win."