Bottas thanks Hamilton for keeping promise
30 July 2017 – Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas expressed his gratitude to team-mate Lewis Hamilton after the Briton honoured a promise during the closing stages of the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Hamilton cruised up behind third-placed Bottas following the pit-stop phase, and Bottas was instructed to allow Hamilton through, in a bid to pass the Ferrari drivers.
Hamilton remained glued to the rear of Kimi Räikkönen's car for several laps, but was unable to find a way through, by which time he had pulled clear of Bottas.
However, Hamilton slowed on the final lap by almost nine seconds, handing third back to Bottas at the last corner.
"Thanks to Lewis for keeping the promise and letting me by in the end, because I gave him the shot to try and get past the Ferraris," he said.
"It's a shame, we had good pace in the end, but with the starting position [we] couldn't get any better."
Bottas went on to talk through his race, commenting: "First of all, the start was quite average, so I couldn't really attack into Turn 1.
"The initial start was OK, but I had bad upshift from first to second [gear].
"Ferrari seemed to be really strong on Super Softs, but then the issue of Sebastian [made it] more interesting.
"We were struggling with radio communications, I don't know what the issue was, but anyway, I was trying to get close enough to Kimi at some point to attack, but there was no opportunity.
"Then we swapped as a team, Lewis tried as well and when he was trying I really struggled with the backmarkers, I felt I was really unlucky with a few of the guys, losing time and losing the rhythm.
"The team promised that we did the swap, so we swapped, and the team kept the promise, which I'm really happy about, and really thankful.
"I don't think every team-mate would have swapped back if you're fighting for podium places.
"It's nice for the team, but unfortunately [it was a race of] damage limitation."
Mercedes' lead over Ferrari was cut to 39 points.