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Hamilton happy to prove chassis concerns were a myth

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton believes his qualifying performance on Saturday has put an end to any speculation that his chassis was any different to Valtteri Bottas'.

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Lewis Hamilton has said that he is happy to have been able to show that the speculated differing performances between his and Valtteri Bottas' W12 chassis were a 'myth'.

Bottas and Hamilton have swapped chassis for this race weekend, with Bottas driving the car Hamilton had in Azerbaijan, and vice versa. This was after a huge disparity in performance, with Bottas mired in the midfield all weekend. But, having outqualified Bottas on Saturday in France, Hamilton said he was happy to prove commenters, including Sky's Paul Di Resta, wrong.

"I think I heard yesterday that Paul was saying something about the chassis," Hamilton told the media, including RacingNews365 after qualifying.

"I think he said there was a press release… I don’t know. And then just creating the question about whether our chassis were the same etc. And as you can see, today, I managed to do a great job with the same car, so it’s no different.

"It’s just that we, in general, are struggling with getting everything from the tyres and getting the car in the right window and it’s proving tricky. It’s not a ‘put the car on the track and it works everywhere’. It’s a great challenge, we’re all enjoying the challenge and we will continue to keep our heads down."

Asked to explain what needed to be changed on the car as a result of the chassis change, Hamilton said there isn't any fundamental differences between chassis.

"You generally don’t feel… it’s basically the same tub fitted with your settings," he said.

"The cars are built around us, so normally you’re not supposed to be able to feel any difference. Of course, we made the changes and it’s been a difficult weekend so… of course, you start to wonder, at some stage, whether there are any differences but look at that result: we just got a great result today which just proves that it’s all the same. It’s normal that we rotate. We do this normally anyways."

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