BOTTAS SAYS HE WON'T PLAY MIND GAMES ON TEAM-MATE HAMILTON
Formula 1 Grand Prix Winner Valtteri Bottas says that he won't play mind games with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton
Between 4 seasons spent together (2013-2016), Mercedes team-mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg created quite a lot of friction between themselves.
In interview for Autosport.com, Bottas said that he won't use the same tactic that Rosberg did. But will do what is best for the team.
"I think that the strength we have in the team is definitely that we can work as a team," said Bottas.
"We can for sure race hard, but we can also leave it there. And we know the fact that if we can work together, that's how the team is going to benefit in the end. "
"So there's not going to be any hiding of setups or data or anything. And the team spirit in team sports is underestimated. "
"I think it's really important that you keep the motivation up, and [have] no conflicts. Of course, along the way, there's been many people suggest I change to be a Nico Rosberg. But I'm not a Nico Rosberg. I much prefer to do the talking on track and race fair. "
"I have also been able to get to know Lewis, and I know that there's no benefit of trying to play with his mind. "
"I'm sure it would be annoying for him, but it would be wasting my energy. And I think he will be getting even more pissed off and drive faster. "
"So I think the way I'm doing things, that's how I want to win. That is my aim."