Earlier Thursday in Spain, Bottas dismissed reports that he could be replaced mid-season by junior Mercedes George Russell, even though he is already 37 points behind Hamilton in the championship.
Bottas started on pole in the last race in Portugal, but it was the culmination of a difficult three-race opening where a combination of bad luck and lack of pace took a toll on his form.
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He has been a teammate with Hamilton since the 2017 campaign, with Hamilton having only positive things to say about the Finn when asked about the rumors in Spain.
When asked if Mercedes would be stronger with Russell or Bottas by his side, the seven-time world champion said: “To be really honest I haven’t given it much thought, but from what I do. have lived with the relationship with Valtteri. , he was an amazing teammate like I always said.
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“At some point it’s going to change, it’s going to change, I won’t be here forever, Valtteri won’t be here forever but I think we have delivered time and time again over the years and we continue to do so. .
“Valtteri just took pole in the last race, it’s only the fourth race, I think people need to give him a break and let him focus on what he’s doing.”
Hamilton comes into the weekend with two wins and a runner-up, giving him an eight-point lead over Red Bull title rivals Max Verstappen.