Lewis Hamilton has said that he doesn’t want to have Mercedes team orders help him in his bid to win the 2017 F1 championship, as he hopes to be ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas anyway.
During the Hungarian Grand Prix back in July, Bottas let Hamilton past him in order to give the faster Mercedes driver the chance to attack the two Ferrari drivers, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, in front.
After failing to catch them, on the final lap, Hamilton slowed down and allowed Bottas to overtake him and take third place back.
Despite the display of selflessness and teamwork from both Mercedes drivers, Hamilton revealed that he hopes he won’t have to be in such a situation again.
"Hungary happened at the right time, and I think it happened the right way," he said.
"Valtteri will make his own decisions at whatever point, if he ever feels that he's out of contention for example.
"My goal is to make sure that we're not in the position for them to have to do that (team orders).
"My goal is to make sure I do the better job each weekend, which is not always the case, and Valtteri's getting stronger with understanding the car."
The three-time F1 championship winner also tried to downplay the notion that the incident during the Hungarian Grand Prix had managed to forge a strong bond between himself and Bottas.
Whilst stating that the two have a ‘good working relationship’, the current championship front-runner also revealed that both he and his Finnish teammate want to beat one another.
"Valtteri afterwards actually came and said to me he didn't expect me to let him back past. I was like, 's**t!'" said Hamilton.
"I felt like I'd made the right decision. I think even I'd stayed ahead, he would have understood.
"It could only have made things better, but if it was the other way around, it could have gone sour.
"There is a lot of talk about our relationship, and I think it's just a good working relationship.
"Valtteri wants to beat me on the track just as much as I want to beat him.
"Don't ever get it twisted that we don't want to kill each other out there, but there's a respect for one another's ability, and where we come from, and that really works well for us at the moment."