Hamilton aiming to move closer to title at Japanese GP

Hamilton aiming to move closer to title at Japanese GP

Hamilton aiming to move closer to title at Japanese GP

"It's a track that shows some similarities to Silverstone, where we didn't perform as strongly this year as we had done in previous seasons".

Hamilton paid tribute to Bottas, pointing to the outpouring of love shown to his team-mate on a visit to the Mercedes factory in Brackley, England, earlier this week.

"Yes (Mercedes have told me), and that is what I expect".

"But I'm a team player as well and that's what we do".

"We are a strong team and we do want to win both of the titles, and we need to work as a team if we want to do that".

"The same rules are not always applied to the same things", said the current leader of the world championship, speaking in Suzuka ahead of this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix.

For as guilty as Bottas is for ignoring his team' wishes initially, surely this further casts doubt on why the decision was taken to allow team orders in the first place?

"Within a week you can't do too many things differently to the vehicle, so we hope that the track suits us a bit better than it did in Sochi", added Vettel. "We made progress with our cars, the steps that we planned, the steps have been coming". Yes, absolutely, 100%. It would have been slam dunk discussed before. "I'll not focus on the things that are against me". In '97 at Jerez, where Jacques Villeneuve and Michael Schumacher came together, I moved over for Mika Hakkinen, in '98 at Melbourne I moved over for Mika, in '94 at Monza I moved over for Damon Hill, so I've been in this situation. How I understand it is he has to do the best job he can and I've got to win. "Yes, I will be supporting Lewis", he said. I didn't spoil his celebration.

"As far as I am aware, when I drive down the straight I'm not allowed to move twice - but there are drivers that do move twice and nothing happens to them".

The Briton, who pulled Bottas up on to the top step of the podium with him in Sochi, said he still felt torn over the result.

"I feel like a victor. I've got the responsibility of 600 people who are employees of Williams Grand Prix Engineering".

"Now, you never know where you are in comparison to others".

"This is the most unusual sport in the sense that you have the drivers' and constructors' championships".

The post-race ceremonies were bone-chillingly uncomfortable, right from Hamilton's emotional post-race interview to the most powerful man in the Russian Federation getting a courtside view of the British driver offering his winner's trophy to Bottas, only for the Russian driver to refuse it. It's a hard dynamic because the team works together to win the championship, but then they also want to win the drivers' championship, but only one of you can win, so they're conflicted as they don't want to favour either driver.

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