Lewis Hamilton says people need to ‘give Valtteri Bottas a break’

Lewis Hamilton came to the defense of Valtteri Bottas, who is getting regularly criticized by some member of the media and the public.

Valtteri Bottas seems to be a regular target of criticism, with people often suggesting he is not performing well enough to deserve a Mercedes seat.

Despite Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff and other members of the team often having words of praise for the Finn, the critics are not letting up.

It has even gotten so far that a rumour was spread saying that Mercedes is considering replacing the Finn with George Russell,before the 2021 season is over. The rumour has since been shot down by Toto Wolff himself.

At the Spanish Grand Prix Thursday press conference Lewis Hamilton was asked if he thinks George Russell would be a stronger team-mate than Bottas.

“To be really honest I’ve not given it a lot of thought, but from what I’ve experienced with the relationship with Valtteri, he’s been an amazing team-mate as I’ve always said,” the Briton said.

“If I’m really honest I think we have the best line up currently in terms of deliverables, in terms of the equilibrium we have within our team, and the general knowledge in terms of moving our car forward.

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“At some stage it’s going to shift, it’s going to change, I’m not going to be here forever, Valtteri won’t be here forever but I think we’ve delivered time and time again over the years and we continue to.

“Valtteri just got pole the last race, it’s only the fourth race, I think people need to give him a break and let him focus on doing what he’s doing.”

And speaking of Russell, the media took the young Briton’s statement that he hadn’t spoken to Lewis since he replaced him at the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix, and make it seem like there were problems between the two drivers.

Russell has since shot down any such suggestions and Lewis now did the same.

“We messaged after his incident at Imola, and I hope you can see from the message I put on, I’m supportive of him,” the seven-time champion said.

“He’s going through his own journey, but he’s a great guy, and he did a great job when he came to the team, and he’ll continue to do a good job.

“So no issues,” concluded Hamilton.

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