Bottas expects ‘equal’ treatment early in 2019

Feb.26 (GMM) Valtteri Bottas says he is sure Mercedes will allow him to take on Lewis Hamilton in 2019.

Ferrari has opened its account for this year by saying that Sebastian Vettel has “priority” over new teammate Charles Leclerc.

A newly-bearded Bottas, on the other hand, has come out in 2019 declaring that he is determined to chase for the world championship, after a disappointing season last year.

When asked about the dreaded ‘team orders’ issue, the Finn said: “I think we are very clear about it.

“Certainly at the beginning of the year we will be equal,” he told Ilta Sanomat newspaper.

“If at some point there are clear point differences then it (team orders) may be possible.”

It is not known to what extent Mercedes’ policy will differ from that of Ferrari in 2019, with the Italian team often running clear ‘number 2’ drivers in the past.

“They’ve made certain choices in the past, but now less often,” Bottas said.

“There is only one season behind Leclerc. Maybe they will allow him to grow and develop.”

Bottas also commented on the plight of the team that brought him into formula one: Williams.

“Hopefully they will be able to drive and the car will work well,” he said ahead of the final Barcelona test.

“It’s not nice when I know the team and there’s still a lot of the same people there. I wish them all the best.”

Related News

  • 03/08/2017 Bottas wants new contract and 2017 title Aug.3 (GMM) Valtteri Bottas says his target for 2017 is a new contract for next year and a shot at the world championship. In Hungary, the headline news was that title contender Lewis […]
  • 02/08/2018 Raikkonen still waiting on Ferrari decision Aug.2 (GMM) Kimi Raikkonen says he is still waiting to know if he will be a Ferrari driver in 2019. Not long ago, an Italian newspaper reported confidently that the Finn will be replaced […]
  • 04/03/2019 Boss denies Ferrari clear 2019 favourite Mar.4 (GMM) Mattia Binotto has denied that Ferrari is the clear favourite to win the 2019 title. Former Ferrari driver Jean Alesi told Radio Sportivo: "For sure Mercedes will be very […]
  • 10/11/2017 Bottas not ruling out Hamilton ‘team orders’ Nov.10 (GMM) Valtteri Bottas is targeting second place behind his teammate Lewis Hamilton in the 2017 world championship. Sebastian Vettel was gutted in Mexico to have lost the title to […]
  • 02/09/2017 Bottas would accept ‘number 2’ role Sep.2 (GMM) Valtteri Bottas says he is prepared to work as the de-facto 'number 2' at Mercedes -- but not yet. For the moment, the Finn is still technically in the hunt to beat Sebastian […]
  • 14/09/2018 Leclerc won’t be Vettel’s ‘number 2’ Sep.14 (GMM) Charles Leclerc says he will not be Sebastian Vettel's 'number 2' driver in 2019. Asked in Singapore if his new contract has a clause making clear his subservient status […]
  • 02/06/2017 Raikkonen ‘basically’ Ferrari no.2 – Salo Jun.2 (GMM) Kimi Raikkonen is "basically" already the number 2 driver at Ferrari for 2017. That is the view of the Finn's countryman Mika Salo. His comments follow Monaco, where a […]
  • 12/04/2019 Leclerc not denying he wants to be number 1 Apr.12 (GMM) Charles Leclerc has refused to deny he thinks Ferrari should switch the order of the team's number 1 and number 2 drivers. Prior to the season, boss Mattia Binotto said that […]
  • 26/04/2019 Number 1 rivalry brings Ferrari ‘unrest’ – Heidfeld Apr.26 (GMM) Lewis Hamilton says he sympathises with Ferrari 'number 2' Charles Leclerc. The five time world champion says the situation reminds him of his own F1 debut in 2007, when his […]
  • 04/10/2017 Mercedes used Bottas as ‘road block’ – Vettel Oct.4 (GMM) Sebastian Vettel has accused Valtteri Bottas of deliberately holding him up during last weekend's Malaysian grand prix. Bottas and Mercedes have each denied that the Finnish […]