Hamilton happy to prove the chassis swap “myth” wrong

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After qualifying ahead of his team-mate Valtteri Bottas at the French Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton says he is “happy to prove the chassis swap “myth” wrong.

Ahead of the French Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas swapped their chassis in a pre-planned move by Mercedes.

With the Briton struggling for most of Friday and Saturday, many were saying that the chassis might be the problem. Lewis was not one of them.

“I’ve been generally unhappy in the car weekend,” Hamilton said after Qualifying.

“I saw you come up with some myth, and so I was happy to be able to prove it wrong – the quality of our engineers’ work, you know, all the cars are exactly the same.

“Congratulations to Max, he did a great job today. They’ve been incredibly quick. You see they’ve got a new engine this weekend, not a new spec or anything as far as I’m aware, but anyway, they’re quick down the straight.

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“I think it was a lot of time on the straight today, so we’ve got a race on our hands, and we’re loving the battle. So we’re just going to keep pushing, keep fighting and giving it everything.”

Now Hamilton is turning his attention to tomorrow’s race.

“In practice, it was a real struggle and our long run pace, I think [Red Bull] were a tenth or two quicker than us on a long run.

“But my car is in a much different place now. So I’m just going to stay hopeful, do everything that I can obviously.

“We’re in second, you’ve got a fighting chance at least down to Turn 1 and there’s going to be some interesting strategy probably tomorrow.

“I don’t know, maybe [there is] rain, so you get to see kind of potentially get to see the rainmeisters do their thing.

“I’m excited,” concluded the Briton.

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