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Forced to spend much of the Brazilian Grand Prix trying to defend his position, Valtteri Bottas saying it is “getting annoying” as it has happened too often.
Wrapping up their fifth championship double in as many years in Brazil on Sunday, history and a record-breaking sixth await Mercedes in 2019.
Valtteri Bottas admitted that his Mercedes had the pace to be on pole for the Brazilian Grand Prix but he could only manage a P3 grid slot.
Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas, the top three from qualifying, spoke to the media after the session.
Valtteri Bottas headed a Mercedes 1-2 by 0.003 seconds after the second practice session at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has said it is like “Alice in Wonderland” having Valtteri Bottas in the team as there are no team politics.
Lewis Hamilton says he won’t be called on to return the favour Valtteri Bottas paid him back in Russia by handing his team-mate a race win.
Valtteri Bottas has said he has always fully understood why Lewis Hamilton is able to be quicker than him at Mercedes.
Lewis Hamilton believes he has the “greatest partnership” with Valtteri Bottas, given their respect for one another and their teamwork.
Valtteri Bottas has admitted that Mercedes will need to investigate the tyre issues they had during the Mexican Grand Prix.
Valtteri Bottas has heaped praise on his Mercedes mechanics, after they changed his engine in between practice and qualifying.
Valtteri Bottas could be hit with a grid penalty for the Mexican GP after a hydraulic failure curtailed his running in FP3.
Max Verstappen claimed the practice hat-trick for the Mexican Grand Prix as Mercedes were hit with more troubles with a hydraulic failure for Valtteri Bottas.
Finishing down in seventh and ninth places in practice for the Mexican GP, Mercedes have revealed they turned down the performance of the engines due to overheating concerns.
Ex-Formula 1 driver Robert Doornbos has speculated whether Mercedes are weighing up whether to bring Esteban Ocon straight into the team.
Twice told to move over for Lewis Hamilton in Austin, Valtteri Bottas wished his team-mate had wrapped up the World title on Sunday afternoon.
Valtteri Bottas and Esteban Ocon escaped punished at the United States GP after being investigated for exceeding the maximum lap time in qualifying.
Valtteri Bottas is adamant he’s not worried about rumours linking Esteban Ocon to his Mercedes seat, saying if he is not in the car in 2020 that will be his own fault.
Valtteri Bottas has called for changes to Pirelli’s tyres, saying at some tracks drivers have had to “cruise round” rather than race.
Toto Wolff concedes Mercedes’ use of team orders in Russia led to a “mental setback” for Valtteri Bottas, who never once looked able to challenge Lewis Hamilton at Suzuka.
Race winner Lewis Hamilton and podium finishers Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen spoke to the media after the Japanese Grand Prix.
Mercedes could use team orders in Japan with Toto Wolff saying Lewis Hamilton’s defeat in 2007 proves that a big lead can easily be wiped out.
Valtteri Bottas has admitted that he found it tough to get his Mercedes working in FP3, but fought back to qualifying second.
The quickest three men from qualifying; Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen, all spoke to the media after the session.
Lewis Hamilton will start Sunday’s Japanese GP from pole position ahead of Valtteri Bottas as another strategy mistake cost his title rival Sebastian Vettel.
Lewis Hamilton set the pace in Friday’s first practice for the Japanese GP, over four-tenths quicker than his nearest rival, Valtteri Bottas.
Valtteri Bottas says he’d “accept it” if Mercedes again used team orders at this weekend’s Japanese GP as he’s no longer in the championship fight.
Christian Horner wasn’t surprised that Mercedes used team orders in Russia, after all you “don’t have to be a rocket scientist” to work out Valtteri Bottas’ role in the team.
Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes will only know come the conclusion of the championship whether they made the right call using team orders at the Russian Grand Prix.
Not all team-mates are created equal as Mercedes proved in Russia.