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Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton play down Mercedes' Spanish GP late-race switch request

"I honestly didn't know he had a message so in my mind I was like we're racing. Valtteri was completely fair. I hope I didn't lose him too much time," says Lewis Hamilton, while Bottas says he was also focusing on his own race

Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton play down Mercedes' Spanish GP late-race switch request

Spanish GP 

Valtteri Bottas admitted he could have let a victory-chasing Lewis Hamilton by sooner in the Spanish GP but says he was also focusing on his own race prospects.

Hamilton, meanwhile, described themselves "the best team-mates" and thought he would be racing Bottas for position in any case as part of his late charge back from third to first at Barcelona.

With Mercedes rolling the strategy dice in a bid to beat Red Bull's Max Verstappen to the win by pitting second-placed Hamilton for a second time with 24 laps of the race to go, the Englishman returned to the track in third place behind Bottas.