Hungarian Grand Prix: Valtteri Bottas says he will not play supporting role for Lewis Hamilton in every race
Valtteri Bottas has stated that he won't play second-fiddle to Lewis Hamilton in all races, and that he will be racing to win at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Budapest: Valtteri Bottas said on Thursday that he will be racing to win and has no plans to operate in a supporting role for Lewis Hamilton at this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix.
The Finn pushed to challenge Hamilton for victory during last Sunday's German Grand Prix before Mercedes issued team orders requesting him to 'hold position'. The 28-year-old insisted the team had not changed its policy and that this meant he was free to compete for wins.
"Obviously, it always goes case by case, but there is no plan at the moment for me to be in a support role," he said, adding, "we are still on equal terms and that is the plan for now and hopefully it will continue to the end of the year."
"With all the difficult races we had in the triple header, we lost so many points with different causes, so I kind of get the team's decision. We were side-by-side and they wanted to get those points. I am confident they would have done the same if I was in the lead at that point," Bottas stated.
Formula 1 2021: Red Bull's Max Verstappen edges past Lewis Hamilton to claim pole ahead of Dutch Grand Prix
Roared on by the crowd, Verstappen, who trails Hamilton by three points in the title race, was just 0.038 seconds quicker than the Mercedes driver who joins him on the front row on the Zandvoort circuit's first race since 1985.
Red Bull's Max Verstappen leads seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton by five points at the top of the drivers' standings.
Bottas finished the 18-lap dash 2.325 seconds ahead of Verstappen but will start at the back of the grid on Sunday as he is going to take a new power unit and will receive a penalty for doing so.