Hamilton closing on F1 title at Japanese GP

Formula One World Championship

Bottas ignored Mercedes and could've cost his team in their pursuit of the title

Vettel will probably need a couple of Hamilton retirements in order to win the championship.

The reality, however, is that had the team order been exercised effectively in the first lap, these feelings would never have manifested themselves, it would merely have been a part of modern Formula One with Hamilton then having a full race to secure the victory in a fitting manner.

Lewis Hamilton has won five of last six races to lead the Championship convincingly.

"Yes [Mercedes have told me], and that is what I expect".

"I just have to accept it because of what happened earlier in the season". I can't fight any more for the Championship.

"I am a team player and I am willing to help".

"For sure in the statistics I don't have a win", he admitted, "but I know myself how I performed during the weekend and I feel like a victor from that race and that is what matters to me. Winning is everything, but that time will come later".

Lewis Hamilton will be looking to restore normal service at the Japanese Grand Prix after being gifted a controversial victory by Mercedes in Russian Federation last weekend.

Bottas was left fuming in Russian Federation but the Finn was in a more charitable mood on Thursday. They stop one vehicle to try and push me into a stop. "We're a strong team, we want to win both world championships and we work together, as a team, to do that". He joined ESPN Australia's team in June, 2013.

Bottas started from pole and was in position for his first win of the year.

Even if Vettel wins all five remaining races, he's not guaranteed to beat Hamilton. Bottas is yet to get off the mark.

"I don't arrive here thinking that Valtteri has to work for me", he continued.

"I'd rather be the baddie today than the idiot at the end of the year", he said.

"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".

"This is the most unusual sport in the sense that you have the Drivers' and Constructors' Championships".

"Like some of the fans, I am definitely split [on team orders], but it has happened, it is done and dusted, and collectively as a team we still stay united".

Sebastian Vettel celebrates after his 50th win at the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday.

The German has triumphed just once since winning at
Silverstone in July, while Hamilton has scored five victories in the last six rounds.

"Honestly, I think that, last weekend, if Lewis didn't have the [tyre] blister, if he didn't have that much pressure from Sebastian, maybe the team would have not done it".

"Now I know, so the secret has been not to count".

Sebastian Vettel insists Ferrari is happy with the improvements it has made with its auto during the season despite slipping behind Mercedes in recent races. Every weekend is different, the track is different, the circumstances are different, so I'm very happy to be here.

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