Lewis Hamilton strongly praises Valtteri Bottas

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After Valtteri Bottas snatched pole at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton said there aren’t many people “who can do what he’s doing”.

During the post qualifying press conference Valtteri Bottas was asked if he believes he is being under-rated by F1 observers.

“I don’t really think about that, how people rate me,” said the Finn.

“It’s something that I think is a wrong area to focus on and for sure, sometimes we get criticism – I think everyone does, that’s normal in life and there’s always people who want to drag you down but I just try to turn it into positive energy and try to use it was a strength.

“So I’m not really one to comment if I’m under rated or over rated, whatever. It’s not something that I should think about, I’m just focusing on my driving, trying to get pole, trying to get wins, that’s my job, that’s what I like to do.”

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Afterward Lewis Hamilton proceeded to strongly praise his team-mate.

“I don’t really think I need to say much, I mean, Jeez, he just got pole position,” said the Briton.

“He’s ahead of me. I have more poles than anyone here so it’s not like I’m a slowpoke, so he’s doing an amazing job and I think his result today speaks for itself.

“I don’t really need to say much more. He does his talking on the track and that’s the great thing about Valtteri, but I don’t think there’s many people who can do what he’s doing, if I’m really honest.

“So I’ve got a huge amount of respect for him,” concluded Hamilton.

Source: Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team

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