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Valtteri Bottas

Bottas: I’m not here to let people past

The Mercedes driver has revealed he held up teammate Lewis Hamilton during the latter stages of the Spanish GP. Bottas eventually finished in third to claim his third podium of his 2021 campaign.

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Valtteri Bottas has admitted he could have let teammate Lewis Hamilton through earlier but chose to drive his own race rather than getting out of the way.

Hamilton was chasing down Max Verstappen for the lead of the Spanish GP and came across his teammate towards the end of the race. Bottas has talked about not allowing Hamilton by easily in the past and stood by that statement.

It took until Turn 10 for Hamilton to get past and he lost time to Verstappen on that lap but in the end it did not affect the race outcome.

"I'm not here to let people by, I'm here to race so that's how it goes," Bottas told Sky Sports. "I definitely could have let him by earlier.

"But. I was doing my own race as well so it's always about calculating things I was trying to get Charles in the pit window so I could stop again and try and go for extra points so the main thing in my mind was my own race.

"There wasn't that much radio from the team, they told me not to hold Hamilton up too much."

Bottas lost out to Charles Leclerc at the start of the race at Turn 3 and he feels he had the pace to win.

"I think we had the pace as Lewis showed," Bottas added. "I don't think our pace was that dissimilar so it's a bit of a shame but here the track position is so so important.

"It's so tricky to follow and so I knew when I was P4 that it was going to be tricky, but at least we made it back to the podium and outscored Red Bull."

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