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IN WORDS: Lewis A Real Team Player – Valtteri

IN WORDS: Lewis A Real Team Player – Valtteri

Valtteri Bottas says not every team-mate would do what Lewis Hamilton did during the Hungarian Grand Prix and relinquish a position so late in a race.

'I trusted the team'

Valtteri and Lewis were running P3 and P4 when an instruction went out to swap positions with 27 laps to go, in an effort to use Lewis' faster pace to chase down the Ferraris.

The Brit caught Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari, but unable to pass the red car, swapped positions with Valtteri on the final corner of the final lap, handing back third to his team-mate.

Valtteri believes the swap shows the great level of trust and respect within the Silver Arrows camp.

"When it was two laps to go I asked the team when are we going to do the swap," he said. "There was a bit of a gap to Lewis but the team told me I just need to get a little bit of a gap to Max and then we would do it at the end.

"I trusted the team. If the team says something like that it is going to happen. I gave my position to Lewis, it would not have been ideal to be fourth instead of third. I'm fighting for the championship as well. In the end everything happened what we had planned and promised.

'That shows that Lewis is a real team player as well'

The swap was made all the more difficult by Max Verstappen, who was closing in on Valtteri in the closing stages of the race.

"Max was not far behind with a fresh set of tyres," Valtteri explained. "That made it tricky. But we managed to do the swap in the end and I'm really glad.

"It's not easy for Lewis to give up a podium place on the last lap. But that was kind of the deal and respect for that because not every team-mate would do that.

"That shows that Lewis is a real team player as well. As a team we tried to maximise today but unfortunately we couldn't gain anything today but we tried."

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