Vettel: No sense in ‘now or never’ approach

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Bottas ignored Mercedes and could've cost his team in their pursuit of the title

"I just need to accept it now that I'm in this situation because of everything that has happened earlier in the season", he admitted.

However, Vettel, who has only finished ahead of Hamilton in one of the past six races, insists he isn't putting any extra pressure on Ferrari or himself this weekend in Suzuka - a track he has won at on four occasions.

"I was at the factory on Monday and I am sure 50 percent of the guys have the same vibe, but generally the support was quite fantastic and also the respect for Valtteri", he said. 'I have given my hardest throughout the year, and conducted myself in the right way.

"It's a track that shows some similarities to Silverstone, where we didn't perform as strongly this year as we had done in previous seasons".

Following the team orders, Hamilton won to extend his lead over Vettel to 50 points, but he admits he was not entirely comfortable receiving the accolades on the podium.

Hamilton was quick to react to the manoeuvre on his team radio, calling out Vettel's "two moves" for being illegal, but the Russian GP stewards took no further action following an initial investigation. But it has happened and it is done and dusted and as a team we stay united through the experience. Sorry, but I don't think it's true; I don't think we lost direction.

"We all did a toast to Valtteri - 900 people or whatever it is were standing there, it was pretty awesome!"

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Mercedes have said they may employ orders in specific situations but until now have allowed their drivers to compete without intervention. Now Mercedes have got a two-race buffer for Lewis Hamilton not to finish and for Sebastian Vettel to win and they'll still be even-stevens, which wouldn't have been the case had there not been the call.

Indeed, Bottas' pole lap marked the first time he had out-qualified Hamilton on merit in six races. The competition has been so strong there was concern at Mercedes that any error or retirement could put Ferrari back in the fight. I was at the factory on Monday, and I am sure 50 percent of the guys at the factory have the same vibe, but generally the support was quite fantastic. "It will depend on the situation because we don't want to risk certain things".

"I reckon the German team's decision was the right one", Brawn said of Mercedes."The primary aim for a team is to get the best possible result for both championships, and that's what they did". "It will go case-by-case".

"But I'm a team player as well and that's what we do. It is what I do", he said.

Frank Williams told me this a long time ago.

"I can understand Bottas' frustration, as he had a great weekend, demonstrating how well the Sochi track suits him, but team-orders are part of the sport". I would do it again.

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