Bottas: Compromises have been a challenge

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Bottas: Compromises have been a challenge

But the Finn has only failed to finish on the podium four times since but two of those have come in the last four races, not up to his high standards.

Hamilton has won three grands prix over the same period - he finished second in the other - and, ahead of this weekend's Japanese GP, Bottas is frustrated at his recent struggles.

"It has been challenging for Valtteri and it is a priority for us to give him the auto he needs to perform - and to help him extract everything from it", he said.

"Some things with the driving style always makes a difference and to understand those, you always kind of need that bad weekend to learn from it - otherwise you don't know these differences".

"I think Lewis has been able to extract a little bit more sometimes with a more tricky set-up".

"Like the race in Malaysia". There are so many factors that play a role, but I have no doubt his intelligence will put the jigsaw together.

"I want to do much better than this, so definitely I want to turn it around quickly - and we need to do whatever is needed to do it, but like I said - many, many question marks". "That's why there's always a positive".

Hamilton extended his advantage in the F1 world drivers" championship to 34 points over Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in Malaysia, while Mercedes holds a 118-point lead in the constructors' standings, and Wolff sees the three-time F1 world champion driving "with a ideal balance of aggression' but wants Mercedes to treat Bottas's recent struggles as a priority.

"Yes, of course", he said. From every single one.

"I know, like I said before, I know just my own targets, my own goals and if I don't meet those, if I'm far away from those I'm not happy and then it's tricky".

He added: "I'm always honest with myself".

"In some places that has been my issue and I think it's - after such a bad run in a few races - just pure confidence in the vehicle and trusting in your own skills and being 100 percent comfortable".

"I'm now here and I'm looking forward". That makes a massive difference and definitely [in Malaysia] I haven't been 100 percent comfortable.

"If I keep doing races like this for long, that is not going to be a good thing for anyone".

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