Mercedes team orders will not take shine off F1 title, says Lewis Hamilton

• Team will ask Bottas to step aside again if required in Suzuka
• ‘I have given my hardest throughout the year,’ says Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton has insisted the use of team orders that ensured his win at the last round in Russia would not detract from a great sense of satisfaction should he go on to take the Formula One title. Speaking before the Japanese grand prix, Hamilton said he was not comfortable with team orders but felt proud of how he had driven this season. His Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas confirmed that he would support Hamilton again should it be required.

Bottas gave up his place in Sochi to ensure Hamilton took victory, although the Finn had secured pole position and was in a commanding position to take his first win of the season. However he has no chance to win the championship and Mercedes wanted to ensure that Hamilton maximised his points gain against title rival Sebastian Vettel.

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Source: Formula 1

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