Valtteri Bottas says he is ready to drive for Lewis Hamilton by the end of the season and accept possible team provisions to help Mercedes win both championships. Bottas will leave Mercedes at the end of the season after five years and move to Alfa Romeo, and on the eve of the 15th race of the championship in Russia he confirmed that he is ready to help his teammate, if that was ever questionable.
Russia was the place where Bottas had his ’first Formula One win in 2017 when they beat Hamilton in qualifying and started third behind two Ferraris, overtaking them to the second corner and leading to the end of the race.
A year later Bottas had to let go of Hamilton who was then fighting for the title against Vettel at Ferrari, and ahead of this race Bottas already knows he will not be driving for Mercedes after this season. “We discussed a lot of things internally, including different scenarios,” Bottas said in Russia.
"Every race is different, there could be times when we have to play as a team and I have to sacrifice for the team." "In this situation, yes, I would do it, because we are here as a team and we really have to make sure we win both titles, not only constructively, but also drivingingly."
"Lewis has a better chance of doing that right now, so that's the situation right now."
The Finn also referred to the most famous example of team regulations in Mercedes when he let Hamilton to the top from the leading position in Russia in 2018.
“That was a few years ago, but now at least I can be okay with those things,” he said. "In that moment it was hard, yes. And it was hard for me to accept. " "But we went through that and I've been much more mature since then.
Things are a little different now. ” It is obvious that Mercedes haf3 a great team spirit and that the drivers are ready to make concessions. Bottas is leaving Mercedes at the end of this season and will try to help his team by the end of the season to achieve the goal.
They are aware that it will not be easy next to Red Bull and that Verstappen does not want to give up the title, but the experience of these two drivers could be a major factor in the final standings.