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Valtteri Bottas spoke with Mercedes chiefs to clarify his position because of the team orders which benefitted Lewis Hamilton in Singapore.

The Finn was told by his team to hold off the pace when Hamilton pitted to ensure the Brit remained ahead.

The tactic also ensured Red Bull’s Alex Albon could not leapfrog either Mercedes.

But Bottas could have gained a vital position and then attacked those at the front of the pack.

And the 30-year-old wanted to clarify that he would be given such benefits should he be ahead of Hamilton.

“I’m not thinking about that any more coming into this weekend,” Bottas said.

“I can’t go into details, we always review everything by the finest details with the team.

“I was in the factory on Tuesday and we had meetings about that and that will keep just for us, whatever we’ve spoken about it.

“We have certain rules both ways, and they are equal. I just need to make sure I won’t be in that situation again.”

Bottas has a good track record in Sochi and is confident of getting a positive result at the Russian Grand Prix this weekend.

“So that’s obviously a nice way to start the weekend but in every case you always start from zero,” he added.

“Every season every track, every car, always changes a little bit every year. So set-up and everything you start from zero but for sure I have a good mindset coming here knowing that it’s been good in the past.

“I don’t know why, just since the first year coming here I’ve just found a good flow around the track and haven’t really had any problematic corners so I’ve always been on the pace.

“There’s always things I can do better this year that I did last year and that will be the aim.”

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