Lewis Hamilton says he’ll help Mercedes’ resolution concerning its 2022 driver line-up “whichever method they go”, however the Briton insists his working relationship with Valtteri Bottas is “higher than ever”.
Mercedes is predicted to make a name within the coming weeks on its 2022 line-up, with both incumbent Bottas or Williams’ George Russell set to race alongside Hamilton subsequent season.
Forward of this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, Hamilton mentioned that he had spoken to staff boss Toto Wolff about its plans for subsequent yr, however the seven-time world champion – who has typically praised Bottas’ contribution to Mercedes’ success – vowed to help the Brackley squad’s name no matter who it confirms within the plum seat for 2022.
“I’ve clearly been vocal previously of my loyalty to Valtteri, and labored extremely intently with him,” Hamilton mentioned. “I believe our working relationship is best than ever.
“Toto’s an important chief, and as I’ve mentioned previously, we all the time keep linked. In fact, we speak about these items.
“And naturally, we’re all a part of the identical staff, we wish what’s greatest for the staff transferring forwards, we need to win extra championships, and so we simply have conversations.
“On the finish of the day, it’s simply right down to him [Wolff] and the board at Mercedes to make that call. I’m part of the staff so I’ll help them whichever method they go, naturally.
“However yeah, I’m simply in the intervening time attempting to place all of my vitality into doing one of the best I can this season.”
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Hamilton will resume his title cost in Belgium with an 8-point lead over Purple Bull’s Max Verstappen.
Whereas the overall notion within the F1 paddock is that Purple Bull at present has a greater automobile, Hamilton mentioned that Mercedes made a transparent step ahead within the final two races.
“We have positively upped our sport,” Hamilton mentioned. “We’ve additionally, even simply throughout this break, by way of taking time to replicate on taking a look at the place we have been and the place we’re going
“I’ve no doubts that we are going to take one other step ahead in our processes and the way we apply ourselves. It has been an actual optimistic factor to see.”
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