Bottas does deal with Merc

Bottas does deal with Merc

"As a package I think we our competitive, the auto is strong, so it's up to us to make use of it everywhere we go". Since his switch, the British driver secured three world titles (after his first with McLaren), while winning a total of 44 Grand Prix.

Hamilton's current teammate Valtteri Bottas is also out of contract at the end of the year and there was no mention of the Finn in Thursday's statement.

The Briton is now eight points adrift of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, also a four-time world champion, at the halfway point in the season.

The Briton tried in vain to push the stricken vehicle back to the pits, with the help of some marshals, before then crouching in some distress next to it after it had been wheeled off.

"I just kept delaying it", he added.

"I'd be lying if I said tomorrow is irrelevant, it is important to me and it does mean a lot to me", the championship leader told Sky Sports F1. "I will give 100 percent as always".

Mercedes head of motorsport Toto Wolff says this was an important factor, strengthening the view that Bottas is effectively a No. 2 driver behind Hamilton.

"You use the kerb the same every lap". I think the high temperatures we had today could probably have an impact somehow, but we don't know exactly what the weather will be like.

That wasn't his only crime, he declined to attend the stewards meeting to face charges of driving his auto on the race track wearing just one glove and using a mobile phone at the same time.

However, clearly still unhappy at missing out on a record sixth home win, the Briton has cast doubt on Ferrari's post-race celebrations at Silverstone suggesting they signify an inherent weakness within the team.

Renault's pairing of Nico Hulkenberg, the only German driver other than Vettel, and Spaniard Carlos Sainz were seventh and eighth.

The session was red-flagged for nine minutes in the second phase after Leclerc's Swedish team mate Marcus Ericsson went off, sending a shower of gravel across the track.

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