Hamilton not planning to gift Bottas a win

Ruben Hill
November 9, 2018

But Hamilton said he would not be gifting any wins to the Finn, to pay Bottas back for ceding victory to his team-mate in Russian Federation three races ago. And as they attempt to overhaul Mercedes' 55-point advantage in the constructors' standings with two races to go, that could prove key.

"We have a battle on our hands for the constructors' title and we have lost ground to Ferrari in each of the past race weekends".

Mercedes are hoping to tie up the constructors' championship this weekend, and will do so as long as Ferrari do not outscore them by more than 12 points.

Red Bull's aggressive pairing of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, who won in Mexico, will also be a serious threat in a race in which heavy rain has often played an influential role.

"But I am really hopeful we get in the vehicle this weekend and it feels more normal and we are more competitive", Hamilton added.

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

To allow him to drop that guard, Hamilton and Bottas must out-score Ferrari's pair of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen by 13 points, but this season has seen them achieve that only twice so far in 19 attempts.

Now that the drivers' championship is secured, Hamilton's team-mate Valtteri Bottas will be free to race the Briton again.

"Obviously, the last race was a tough one to swallow and probably the winter will be as well", said the four-time world champion. "But giving up is not an option".

To underline Ferrari's challenge, Vettel is the driver with the best current record in Brazil with three wins, including last year's race, and a determination to finish his season on a high.

"It's the greatest partnership in terms of respect and teamwork from drivers that I'm sure has ever existed in F1 - probably". You never know what the next year brings and whether you get another chance.

"We have got the auto back to what we know and what we feel more comfortable with at the last two races", said Vettel in the Brazil paddock, "so hopefully we can keep that up and keep competitive here and in Abu Dhabi and give [Mercedes] a very hard time. None of those moments were nice". It's a lot of commitment for all of us and a lot of time away from families, and the seasons are getting longer and the off time is getting shorter. We didn't go and develop in the right direction, so clearly we missed something and not because something was on objective by default set wrong. Something went wrong and we didn't go and develop in the right direction.

"Clearly we missed something and not because something was on goal by default set wrong".

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