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Hamilton respects Bottas doing ‘talking on the track’

/ 07:39 PM November 01, 2020
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Mercedes’ British driver Lewis Hamilton looks on after placing second during the qualifying session at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari race track in Imola, Italy, on October 31, 2020, a day ahead of the Formula One Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. (Photo by Luca Bruno / POOL / AFP)

Lewis Hamilton heaped praise on his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas on Saturday after the Finn had beaten him to pole position for Sunday’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

The six-time world champion, who was seeking to extend his record number of poles to 98, was outpaced in the final seconds of a tight session, reversing the roles they had played a week earlier in Portugal.

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Asked about the quality of Bottas as a racing team-mate, Hamilton said his result on Saturday spoke for itself.

“I don’t really need to say much more,” said Hamilton. 

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“I mean, jeez, he just got pole position. He’s ahead of me. I have more poles than anyone here so it’s not like I’m a slowpoke!

“He’s doing an amazing job. He does his talking on the track and that’s the great thing about Valtteri.

“I have a huge respect for him.”

Bottas outpaced Hamilton by almost a tenth of a second to claim his 15th career pole as he bids for a 10th win to trim Hamilton’s 77-point lead in the title race and land Mercedes a record seventh consecutive constructors championship.

It was his fourth pole in 13 outings this year.

Asked if he felt under-rated, Bottas said he did not “think about that – how people rate me..

“It’s something that I think is the wrong area to focus on.

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“Sometimes, you get criticism. I think everyone does. It’s normal in life and there’s always people who want to drag you down.

“I just turn it into positive energy and try to use it as a strength.”

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