And Mercedes chief Toto Wolff has now revealed what Bottas really thinks of playing second fiddle to the Brit.
Lewis Hamilton went into last Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix boasting a 50-point lead over World Drivers’ Championship rival Sebastian Vettel.
And he had extended that advantage the week before when Bottas had let him past in Sochi to win the Russian Grand Prix.
Mercedes were criticised for giving team orders to the Finn at the time but he helped out Hamilton again in Suzuka.
Wolff has now dismissed suggestions Mercedes could look to pay Bottas back once the title is in the bag.
And he’s revealed what the former Williams driver said to him about being Mercedes No 2 driver in Russia.
“No,” Wolff replied, when asked if Mercedes plan to reward Bottas’ sacrifices. “Valtteri is a great guy.
“After the race at Sochi, he said: ‘There is no need to discuss anything and if I was you, I would do the same.'”
“He said: ‘I understand that I need to perform better from the very beginning of the season in order to really go for the title, and I did not.'”
Hamilton has a 67-point lead over Vettel going into the final four races of the year following his win in Japan.
But Wolff insists the title race is not over, despite his man being favourite to secure F1 glory.
“Freak incidents happen at any time, and one failure to finish or a bad result suddenly wipes out a large chunk of points,” Wolff said.
“I know from a probability standpoint that doesn’t look like happening, but this is motor racing, this is sport, and anything can happen.
“I don’t even want to think about Lewis breaking a finger.
“Let’s just get it done, go to Austin, have a strong race, and hopefully seal the championship.”
Hamilton, Bottas and Vettel will return to action in two weeks’ time at the United States Grand Prix.
Source : EXPRESS