Valtteri Bottas fires warning to Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen in Turkey

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Mercedes star Valtteri Bottas has fired a world championship warning to teammate Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull star Max Verstappen ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix. The Finn is joining Alfa Romeo next season and will be replaced by Williams’ George Russell.

Bottas currently sits in third place in the 2021 Drivers’ Championship, 12 points clear of Lando Norris.

At the Russian Grand Prix last time out, Bottas qualified seventh before the Silver Arrows opted to take an engine penalty.

The 32-year-old therefore found himself stuck between Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen at the back of the grid.

Rumours suggested Bottas was deployed in such a position in order to disrupt the race and slow the charge of Verstappen – but the Finn could do little to stop the Dutchman’s charge.

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While Verstappen and Hamilton are locked in an intense title race, Bottas is still eyeing the world championship ahead of the race at Istanbul Park this weekend.

“Theoretically, I still have a chance,” Bottas admitted rather jokingly to

“But if I can’t be champion, let it be Lewis.”

It appears the Finn will do his best to help Hamilton win a record-breaking eighth championship. 

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However, he was honest when talking about the outcome of the Russian Grand Prix.

Bottas, who has won at the Sochi Autodrom in 2017 and 2020, is eyeing a return to form in Turkey.

“It was a tough race for us,” Bottas said. 

“The transition was harder than we expected.

“I thought I was doing well, but then I was behind Gasly. So although I tried, I couldn’t do much.

“We haven’t been bad in the rain recently. So we’ve learned a lot about the tyres, especially in terms of temperatures and stresses. 

“That’s why I hope we have more grip in Istanbul Park than last year.”

Formula 1 returns to Istanbul for the Turkish Grand Prix on October 10, with Mercedes’ Hamilton holding a slender two-point lead over Verstappen.

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