Lewis Hamilton recovered from a first-lap collision with rival Sebastian Vettel to win a fourth Formula One world championship last time out in Mexico and he can help Mercedes to a piece of Brazilian Grand Prix history this weekend.
The BBC revealed this week that Hamilton was given a £3.3 million Value-Added Tax refund following his purchase of the £16.5m plane in 2013. "For example in 2009 that vehicle wasn't very good and he was still winning races".
"Obviously right now there is a bit of a storm surrounding me", he said.
"Even though he is a really, really good driver and very consistent, I also need to believe in myself."I can't put myself in a place of number two otherwise I would rather stay at home".
Recent improvements have boosted Bottas' prospects however, and he hopes 2018 will see him race on a par with his world champion team mate.
He responded with victory at Silverstone and appears equally determined to take this latest furore in his stride.
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12 - Hamilton has started from the front of the grid on 11 occasions this season, if he gets one more he will match his personal best for a single campaign (12 in 2016). "I don't know why, but it feels so fresh and so new, it feels great".
"I have had this huge wave of positive energy and nothing can really dent that".
"The championship is done but there are still two races to go and it is important to win those two races to solidify what I have worked on this year", Hamilton said.
"The question is how much longer [do] I want to commit to this sport", Hamilton told Globo Esporte ahead of this weekend's Brazilian GP.
"I guess ultimately it depends if the fight remains within you". "I think I can continue winning for a long, long time".
"There are other challenges for me".