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Hakkinen comments on Bottas rumors, backs Hamilton over team orders

Aug 2, 2014, 7:30 AM EDT

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Two-time Formula 1 world champion Mika Hakkinen is not surprised by speculation linking protegé Valtteri Bottas away from Williams for 2015.

The Finn has been the breakout driver of the season so far, scoring three podium finishes and the majority of Williams’ points. After a difficult 2013 campaign with a troublesome car, Bottas has now flourished and met the expectations that many had for him.

Naturally, this has led to speculation about his future, with British newspaper The Guardian linking the Finn with a move to McLaren for 2015. For Hakkinen, this comes as little surprise.

“This is quite natural,” the Finn wrote in his column for Hermes. “Valtteri is still a young driver who has been in Formula 1 for only a short time.

“Valtteri is interesting not only because of his speed; he can motivate the others in the team and manages to create an atmosphere, as it is necessary for success.

“There is interest and that is good. What happens in the future remains to be seen.”

Hakkinen also gave his support to Lewis Hamilton following the Briton’s decision to ignore team orders during the Hungarian Grand Prix. Hamilton was given the call to let teammate Nico Rosberg past as they were on different strategies, but did not allow him to do so. He eventually finished the race ahead of Rosberg, cutting the German’s championship lead to eleven points.

“Nico had the greater pace and softer tires, so the team thought Lewis should let Nico past for the best result,” Hakkinen wrote. “Lewis, of course, looked and noticed that Nico was not close enough in the rear-view mirror.

“He probably worked out that it made no sense to let Nico past because he would lose two seconds and a place on the podium. In my opinion, Lewis was right.”

  1. techmeister1 - Aug 2, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Hamilton has always been a disrespectful, scumbag and non team player. That’s why Alonso left McLaren when Hammy constantly violated the pit stop strategies for qualifying and screwed Alonso over.

    Hammy has a mentality that he’s better than other people and that the world has persecuted him. The true reality is that he’s had the world by the ass since the age of 12 when he signed a contract with McLaren. He’s so in denial that it’s actually sad to listen to his dribble to the media. His own words show what a dirtbag of a person he really is.

    Driving his own teammate off the track in Hungary is a perfect example of Hammy’s mentality. Come the end of the year he’ll wreck Rosberg before allowing him to win the championship.

  2. mcseforsale - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Hamilton was right. The call was one of inexperience. Merced hadn’t been in a position like that yet and the call was bad. Even Lauda knew it. As for Bottas, he’s really good.

  3. ducati007 - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    okay…so what’s the gig… do you listen to the bosses and let ur teammate pass or not. SOMEONE SAY SOMETHING ABOUT THIS…NO ONE LISTENS TO THE BOSSES SO WHAT’S THEIR POINT..DO U PASS OR NOT…

    • mcseforsale - Aug 3, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      The bosses are the drivers now. Unless you’re driving a Ferrari, the drivers bring all the money now. It’s a sad, sad reality. How else would you explain PM on Lotus? In any other series, he would have been tossed already.

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