Bottas could have beaten Hamilton, but ‘fine’ with order

Date published: September 22 2019

Valtteri Bottas in his Mercedes

Valtteri Bottas says he could have easily beaten team-mate Lewis Hamilton at the Singapore Grand Prix but has no issues with the team orders.

The Finn was told to drastically reduce his pace following his pit-stop in order to allow Hamilton to come out ahead of him after pitting himself.

Bottas followed the order and says he had no problem doing so.

“For sure we have certain rules,” Bottas told reporters after the race in Singapore, where he finished P5 behind Hamilton in P4.

“The car ahead always gets priority with the strategy. Then if you try to offset the car who was behind benefits [first] from it like I did.”

To let Hamilton come out ahead, Bottas reduced his pace by over three seconds, and the Finn believes if not for that, he could have comfortably beaten the Brit and claimed a stronger result for himself and Mercedes.

“If I wanted to get ahead it would have been easy,” Bottas added.

“But we have certain rules and it’s both ways so next time I’ll be in his situation it’s going to be the same for me so that’s fine.

“It felt like I really had good pace today but obviously you need a big pace delta to overtake the cars ahead.

“For sure we’ll analyse things but as a teams we could have done better today.”

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