Perez and Bottas explain their strategies for the title decider

Sergio Perez and Valtteri Bottas have discussed their respective teammates’ title fights.


Sergio Perez of Red Bull and Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes have provided their predictions for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend, which will see teammates Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen compete for the Drivers’ Championship.

In the Constructors’ Championship, Red Bull is 28 points behind Mercedes, and Perez has stated that closing the deficit is unlikely, with a maximum team score of 44 points.

Perez, on the other hand, is willing to back Verstappen in his bid for the championship.

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“I think at Red Bull, everyone is up for it,” Perez told media, when asked about the vibe at Red Bull ahead of the season finale.

“We’ve come this far now, and this final race can decide a lot of things. I think the Constructors’ is a longshot, but it still is possible and in the sport, anything can happen.

“Max is equal on points with Lewis. It’s [the title] a massive thing for the team. We feel like we can do it, and we can do a lot to support Max to get this title.”

Bottas still aiming for race win

Bottas, who is in his final weekend as a Mercedes driver before joining Alfa Romeo in 2022, indicated that Hamilton can count on him not to baulk his title tilt, but that he will still go for the win.

“My approach to the weekend, again, [is] just to really, really focus on my performance,” he said.

“Of course, I will try to qualify on pole position, that’s my goal for Saturday, and then I will try to win the race.”

Hamilton does not need to win the race to win the championship, according to Bottas, and his cooperation will be determined by the outcome of the race.

“It will depend on the situation because Lewis… he doesn’t actually need to win the race. He needs to finish ahead of Max. That’s how it goes,” added Bottas.

“Let’s see how it goes. But I’m definitely willing to play it as a team, because I’ve secured my third place.

“As long as we can get the Constructors’, hopefully then… I’d rather have my teammate win than the opposition, so it will depend on the situation, but he’s got my support.”

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