Lewis Hamilton will not hand Valtteri Bottas a win despite Sochi orders


At the start of the 2018 Formula One season, British superstar Lewis Hamilton was the favourite to win the Drivers' Championship, and, while it took a number of errors from Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel to make it so easy, Lewis did just that and claimed his fifth world title.

However, one of the bigger talking points from this F1 season has been the fact that Finn race ace Valtteri Bottas was asked to move over and hand Lewis the win at the Russian Grand Prix, rather than being allowed to take his first win of the season.

Following those events, it has been heavily expected that, should the opportunity arise, Hamilton would return the favour and let Bottas win one of the two remaining races, in Abu Dhabi or Brazil.

Now, though, the British racing legend has revealed that this is not in the team plans at Mercedes.

Lewis shared: "The team are not going to make that call.

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

“So I don’t think I’ll be doing him any favours in the sense of giving him a win, I don’t think he needs that. I think he thinks he can do it himself. All I can do is try and make sure I’m supportive throughout the weekend. I’m always really open with my set-up, so I’ll continue to do so.”

Meanwhile, Valtteri himself has admitted that it is not something that he wants to happen anyway, as he wants to win on his own merits.

F1 Grand Prix of Russia

Bottas said: “Yes, I definitely don’t want to win if it’s given to me.

“I want to win by doing it by myself. Coming here knowing that there is a possibility to win a race is obviously a good feeling. You all know what my goal will be for this weekend, so it’s going to be up to me and I need to perform at my best level to fight for the win."

It will be interesting to see if this will still remain true if Lewis Hamilton is leading Valtteri Bottas in the closing stages of the last two races of the season.

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