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Valtteri Bottas: No pace difference to Lewis Hamilton in Spain

Valtteri Bottas has insisted that he had the same pace as Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton at Formula 1’s Spanish Grand Prix, in the wake of missing out on victory. Bottas claimed a dominant pole position but relinquished the lead to Hamilton on the long run to Turn 1, with the Briton going on to control proceedings thereafter. Hamilton held an 11-second lead prior to the Safety Car period and stretched clear at the restart to cross the line four seconds in front of Bottas. “Honestly from my feeling, there was no pace difference at all,” said Bottas. “I know the difference, when you are at the front you can control the pace, you can manage the tyres completely the...
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