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Bottas said he is "selfish" enough to win the title but believes he
can have a healthy working relationship with Lewis Hamilton.
Hamilton has already had to reject claims that there is an issue with
his new team-mate after his comments about the sharing of driver data
were slightly misinterpreted.
And while the debate continues as to whether Bottas has what it takes
to challenge for a World Championship, he believes he can play the duel
role of being a team player and a title contender.
"It is definitely tricky to be a team player and at the same time
always trying to put yourself in front," Bottas said in an exclusive
interview with Motorsport.com.
"It is a kind of a new situation for me. I think the best (thing) for
me is to carry on as I have always done, so I do everything for the
"But, at the same time, I have my own goals and in F1 you do need to be selfish if you want to win. And I think I have it.
"It is just depending on the situation and calculating what is the
best overall. I cannot say more than that really. We will see during the
year how it goes.
"I normally get on with everyone and I believe we definitely can with
Lewis race very hard but fair and respect each other. At least that is
how it is possible."