Chance for Bot­tas

The National - News - Sport - - LEADING OFF -

For the sec­ond straight race, Valt­teri Bot­tas out-qual­i­fied his Mercedes team­mate Lewis Hamil­ton. He took pole in Bahrain but then strug­gled for speed in the race and was twice asked to al­low Hamil­ton past him. If Bot­tas is to es­tab­lish him as a cred­i­ble force in the Mercedes team he must out-per­form Hamil­ton to­day and fin­ish ahead of the three-time world cham­pion to demon­strate he is not with the Ger­man mar­que sim­ply to be a sup­port player.

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