SOCHI AUTODROM: Valtteri Bottas (Photo) said he would “take one for the team” if Mercedes asked him to let title contender Lewis Hamilton overtake on Sunday at the Russian Grand Prix.
Bottas won in Sochi last year and has a strong record in Russia, securing his first Formula 1 victory on the circuit in 2017.
The Finn is third overall, but 80.5 points behind Hamilton, with the seven-time world champion five more behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
Mercedes has never been beaten in Sochi, winning every race since it premiered at the site of the Winter Olympics in 2014.
Bottas, who leaves at the end of the season to join Alfa Romeo, has yet to win a race this season.
“We discussed a lot of things internally, including different scenarios,” he told reporters on Thursday.
“Every race is always different. There might be times when we have to play as a team and I have to take one for the team and how the situation is, yes I would.
“We’re here as a team and we have to make sure we win both titles, not just the constructors’ but the drivers as well, and at the moment Lewis has a better chance of winning.”
Mercedes leads Red Bull by 18 points in the constructors’ championship.
“Of course we want to maximize the points where we can and now is a great opportunity,” said Bottas. “We are definitely here to try to win the race.” – Reuters