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F1 Russia: Teamwork is key to success in 2017

Apr 292017

Teamwork is the key to success in Formula 1, where Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas are working together to help ensure the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Team retain their drivers and constructors' championship titles.

At the last race in Bahrain, the Silver Arrows shuffled position, with Lewis replacing Valtteri in second place as he tried in vain to hunt down race-winner Sebastian Vettel. It was a team order from the top, but one necessary to establish whether Lewis had a chance of catching the Ferrari.

"If I have some issues in this race for whatever reason, or we are in different strategy, or Lewis is stuck behind me and the team tells me to move over I will.


"Of course as a driver I am going to do everything I can not to be in that position. I want to have my own race, and own personal results. But I have always been a team player and in the long term that is going to reward you. This year the team needs to be more clever and more careful in terms of how we collect every single possible point and I completely understand that."


Lewis said: "I think I would have reacted exactly the same way as him. He was struggling, he's even admitted he was struggling with his rear tyres. When I went past, I said to the team if I don't pull away I'll let him back past, but I did. I could see Sebastian pulling away and I said we had to pick up the pace just at the time Valtteri was struggling with the car balance.


"It makes no sense for us both to fall behind and let them pull away. In that scenario we worked as a team, and he while it was very tough for him, he was a great gentleman about it, and did the team proud. Of course we want to make sure we maximise for the team through a weekend, and going back to the point of the team, in our notes and in our job description is to win for the team, not win for yourself.


"So while individually you want to win the race, if you can't win, it's not a case of wanting the other car to win, you want the team to win. You want the team to succeed. We want to finish, Mercedes, ahead of the Ferraris this year. To do that, we have to work as a team more than ever before."