Sebastian Vettel not taking 'now or never' approach into Japanese Grand Prix

Bottas ignored Mercedes and could've cost his team in their pursuit of the title

Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene likened the sweeping, high-speed Suzuka circuit to Silverstone, the British Grand Prix venue where then-championship leader Vettel won in July.

Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, meanwhile, are not working as closely with each other at Ferrari, with the latter essentially saying it is not in his job description to help his team-mate in the title battle.

"I think we've made progress with our vehicle, the steps we have planned, the steps have been coming".

With just five rounds remaining, Lewis Hamilton is in a commanding position at the top of the drivers' championship after claiming his eighth win of the last season last time out at the Sochi Autodrom. I was at the factory and the support was awesome and the respect for Valtteri.

The simple mathematics mean the Briton, who has won five of the last six races for Mercedes, including Russian Federation last weekend, does not even need to register another victory this season to claim a fifth world title of his own.

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"I don't like the "now or never" approach", he said. "I have found myself in this situation many times in the past, and personally I always believed the collective interest of the team comes before that of an individual driver".

"So if anything it was that anger that propelled me to want to get back past", he added.

The race for seventh place in the drivers' championship is hotting up with five drivers - Kevin Magnussen, Nico Hulkenberg, Fernando Alonso, Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon - separated by just six points.

"I'm very happy to be here, I love this track, it is my favourite track in the world so I want to enjoy it and not spoil it by starting to count on things that are against me".

Valtteri Bottas believes he can still be a Formula One victor this season, even if circumstances mean he has to move over again to help Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in the championship battle.

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"But collectively as a team we've stayed quite united through the whole experience", he said. "You can't change much in a week, let's hope the track suits us more".

However, Vettel, who has only finished ahead of Hamilton in one of the past six races, insists he isn't putting any extra pressure on Ferrari or himself this weekend in Suzuka - a track he has won at on four occasions.

"I think I've said many times that we have a strong vehicle, but I don't think, against the people's opinions, that we had a dominant auto at any point this year", said Vettel. "Of course you would like to be further ahead with more performance, but that's the same for everyone". "Hopefully this week we are a bit closer".

"This is the most unusual sport in the sense that you have the Drivers' and Constructors' Championships".

"I'm not a fan", he shrugged.

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"I don't think you get your mind around it", he said. "Maybe it's a better idea".

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