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Speaking of teammates ...


Although Bottas gave Mercedes options with his third-place finish, it seems to have been done begrudging­ly on the Finn’s part.

Running on a different strategy to Hamilton, Bottas again showed none of the pace of his teammate, but it didn’t stop him from making a statement.

On the 52nd lap he went so far as to seemingly defy team orders. Instead of letting the Brit pass, he assumed a defensive posture, held up Hamilton for a few moments, and tried to close him out on the racing line.

Bottas has previously said he detests team orders, especially after the 2019 Russian GP, and his deviation from the team in that singular moment perhaps shows a driver who is tired of following the status quo.

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