Bottas 'deserves greater credit' for Mercedes job - Hakkinen

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Bottas 'deserves greater credit' for Mercedes job - Hakkinen

Two-time F1 world champion Mika Hakkinen says his countryman Valtteri Bottas deserves more recognition for his contribution to Mercedes' results.

Bottas is still chasing after his first win his team this season while teammate Lewis Hamilton has won four races so far. Also, the Finn is currently fourth in the Drivers' standings, four points behind third place man Lando Norris.

Bottas is putting in his best effort to try and salvage his seat at Mercedes, a plum drive that George Russell is expected to take over in 2022.

While the Finn puts on a brave face every weekend and tries to fend off any negative vibes about future, Hakkinen believes that his fellow Finn is doing more than just a competent job at Mercedes.

"I know what it is like to go up against the best driver of a generation – in my case, Ayrton Senna – and to have worked with very strong team-mates throughout my career. From Johnny Herbert to Martin Brundle, Mark Blundell to Nigel Mansell and, of course, David Coulthard," Hakkinen wrote in a column for Autosport.

"None of them were slow. All of them very quick, committed and capable Formula 1 drivers.

"It is very easy to talk about someone who is World Champion, winning all the time, and to then criticise their team-mate.

"It’s an easy comparison, but one which avoids the big picture of what it’s like to be one-half of a Championship-winning team. I won two World Championships partly because ‘DC’ was such a strong team-mate.

"People always ask me about out-qualifying Ayrton in my first race at McLaren, although not many will ask Valtteri about the 17 times he has out-qualified Lewis. For some reason my achievement was regarded as difficult, whereas if you drive a Mercedes it’s easy.

"For any team aiming to sustain a World Championship-winning performance the degree of harmony and focus within the driver line-up is an important ingredient. It is one reason why I am certain Valtteri deserves greater credit for the job he has done."

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As Mercedes ponders its choice over its 2022 line-up, Hakkinen suggests that a status-quo at the Brackley squad and maintaining a "positive atmosphere" would help support the team's efforts in tackling next year's all-important regulation overhaul in F1.

"This team work between drivers is such an important aspect for a top team," Hakkinen added.

2nd place Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1. 04.07.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 9, Austrian Grand Prix, Spielberg

"Mercedes knows better than anyone what can happen when you have two drivers fighting each other in a way which can be destructive. Part of Valtteri’s job since he joined them was to work beside Lewis, push as hard as possible, but keep the communication flowing.

"Generating a positive atmosphere in the team and pulling in the same direction is a vital quality. It’s important when you are the dominant team, but becomes critical when you have tough competition or, as will happen in 2022, an entirely new set of regulations arrive.

"Regulations which rely on the two drivers working harder than ever to give the team a solid base to work from."

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The Mercedes team hopes the FIA's rejection of Red Bull's request to increase the penalty handed to Lewis Hamilton in the British Grand Prix will end the "concerted effort" by the team's top brass to "tarnish" the seven-time world champion's name and reputation.

On Thursday afternoon at the Hungaroring, the FIA rejected Red Bull's request to review Hamilton's sanction at Silverstone, a decision that means that the 10-second penalty handed to the Mercedes driver for causing a collision with rival Max Verstappen now stands firm.

In the aftermath of the incident between the two title contenders, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner and Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko attacked Hamilton and Mercedes, calling out the Briton for his move on Verstappen at Copse corner on the opening lap of the race, labeling Hamilton's driving as "dangerous" and "desperate".

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On Thursday evening, Mercedes issued a statement in which it welcomed the outcome of the official review by the FIA.

"The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team welcomes the decision of the stewards to reject Red Bull Racing’s right of review," said Mercedes.

"In addition to bringing this incident to a close, we hope that this decision will mark the end of a concerted attempt by the senior management of Red Bull Racing to tarnish the good name and sporting integrity of Lewis Hamilton, including in the documents submitted for their unsuccessful right of review.

"We now look forward to going racing this weekend and to continuing our hard-fought competition for the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship."

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