Lewis Hamilton had ‘different spec’ in Qatar as Valtteri Bottas discusses Mercedes’ secret

With only 7 points differentiating Lewis Hamilton from Max Verstappen, will the Brit be able to overcome the deficit?

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas

Valtteri Bottas has revealed that teammate Lewis Hamilton was given a different spec car by the Brackley based team in order to aid his bid for Driver’s Championship glory against Max Verstappen. Currently trailing by only 7 points, the seven-time world champion now literally has the chance to change the entire scenario in the Championship race. 

The Red Bull talisman, Max Verstappen will rubber-stamp his maiden Drivers’ Championship triumph if he wins the next race in Saudi Arabia and Hamilton finishes in seventh place or lower. However, the 36-years-old is enjoying a spell of imperious form and will be a tough nut to crack as he goes in search of an unprecedented eighth world title over the next few weeks. 

Valtteri Bottas on Lewis Hamilton 

Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas

It seems as though Hamilton’s car was set up differently to that of Bottas, who was forced to retire after suffering damage from a puncture shortly before the chequered flag was waved. 

The Finn revealed after the race that Mercedes were not running two identical cars but refused to provide an in-depth explanation.

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton won the first ever Qatar GP

“I have found out the reason [for my puncture], but I cannot give details,” Valtteri Bottas told Finnish outlet Ilta Sanomat.

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