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Formula 1

Perez and Bottas reveal how they are approaching title decider

Sergio Perez and Valtteri Bottas have spoken about their respective teammates' fight for the title.

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Red Bull's Sergio Perez and Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas have given their outlook on the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend as teammates Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen vie for the Drivers' title.

Red Bull trail Mercedes by 28 points in the Constructors' Championship, and Perez has admitted that the chances of overcoming that gap are very slim, with a maximum team score being 44 points.

However, Perez is ready to throw his support behind Verstappen in the Dutchman's quest for the crown.

"I think at Red Bull, everyone is up for it," Perez told media, including RacingNews365.com, when asked about the vibe at Red Bull ahead of the season finale.

"We've come this far now, and this final race can decide a lot of things. I think the Constructors' is a longshot, but it still is possible and in the sport, anything can happen.

"Max is equal on points with Lewis. It's [the title] a massive thing for the team. We feel like we can do it, and we can do a lot to support Max to get this title."

Bottas still aiming for race win

Bottas, entering his last weekend as a Mercedes driver before he joins Alfa Romeo in 2022, said that Hamilton can rely on him not to baulk his title tilt, but that he'll still be aiming for victory.

"My approach to the weekend, again, [is] just to really, really focus on my performance," he said.

"Of course, I will try to qualify on pole position, that's my goal for Saturday, and then I will try to win the race."

Bottas pointed out that Hamilton doesn't need victory to win the title, and that his cooperation will come down to how the race is playing out.

"It will depend on the situation because Lewis... he doesn't actually need to win the race. He needs to finish ahead of Max. That's how it goes," added Bottas.

"Let's see how it goes. But I'm definitely willing to play it as a team, because I've secured my third place.

"As long as we can get the Constructors', hopefully then... I'd rather have my teammate win than the opposition, so it will depend on the situation, but he's got my support."

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