Valtteri Bottas says it is up to him to make sure he’s not in a position where Mercedes can order him to play second fiddle to Lewis Hamilton after being the Brit’s wingman in Singapore.

Missing the mark with the strategy last Sunday, Hamilton found himself dropping from second to fourth, potentially even sixth, when Mercedes finally did him pit at the Marina Bay circuit.

It was only Mercedes order for Bottas to slow down so that his team-mate could come out ahead of him that kept Hamilton from also falling behind Alexander Albon.

Bottas said at the time that he understands why Mercedes issued the call but is adamant he wants to avoid a repeat this Sunday in Sochi.

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