Date: 5 months ago   Category: Sport

Valtteri Bottas: I don't know whether it is necessary to help Lewis

After the finish in Hungary the head of Mercedes Toto Wolff called Valtteri Bottas "excellent conducted" that journalists have counted as the certificate that they in team have decided on "the first number". Before a stage in Spa the Finn commented on an opportunity to help Lewis Hamilton with fight for a title.

Question: Valtteri, Lewis is in the lead in personal offset, you take the fourth place and you concede him 81 points. How long will to you to struggle with the workmate?

Valtteri Bottas: I think, everything depends on my results. This year in races a lot of things occurred, even such difference wearing spectacles can quickly change. I don't know whether there will be a situation when I have to help the workmate. But while she is absent, we don't learn it.

Question: How do you estimate the performances in this season in comparison with Lewis performances?

Valtteri Bottas: On my feelings, from the point of view of speed we are very close to Lewis. The difference is insignificant therefore when I come for every week-end, I know that if I make everything correctly, I have a chance of a victory. So I will act also during this week-end.

Question: Tell about the updated version of the engine which the team has brought to Belgium. How serious will be an increase in power?

Valtteri Bottas: If we use her, then only because we count on a power increase. I can't disclose details on what progress we count, but the team in Briksuort tensely worked at base to make the power plant it is better.

Question: Lewis says that Ferrari have advantage in power. Are sure of team that novelties will allow to reduce this backlog or even to come forward?

Valtteri Bottas: We are up to the end not sure of they are we learn when we appear on the route. We know that we have to add, have to continue to attack. Who knows, than as a result everything will end. As I have told, our experts tensely worked at base to increase power, but at the same time to keep reliability. It will be interesting to look at operation of the power plant and to compare to Ferrari.

Question: But if the team installs these novelties on your car, then you receive a penalty with loss of a position. How strongly it will complicate your task?

Valtteri Bottas: Tomorrow morning we learn what engine we will use nevertheless. If I receive the new power plant, then it will lead to a penalty. Anyway, Spa - the suitable place for a penalty, on this route it is possible to attack.

Question: When in team plan to stop modernization of the car and to switch to preparation for the next season?

Valtteri Bottas: Good question! Frankly speaking, I don't know. Last time I was on base before a stage in Hungary. Since then plans could change, but I am sure - modernization of the car will continue. Perhaps, it will affect our preparation for the next season, but Ferrari in the same situation, and we conduct very important fight for a title. We can't just take and stop completion of the car. It is important to find п



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