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Valtteri Bottas has ‘difficult’ Lewis Hamilton situation made worse by Russell – Massa

Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Mercedes GP, Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP, Lando Norris of Great Britain and McLaren F1, and Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and McLaren F1 stand on the grid during Day One of F1 Testing at Bahrain International Circuit on March 12, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

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Valtteri Bottas is fighting on two fronts this season, he has struggled to match Lewis Hamilton and along with that, George Russell continues to see his stock rise and Toto Wolff flirts with the prospect of offering the 23-year-old a promotion. Former F1 star Felipe Massa reckons the Finn is feeling the pressure.

”It’s a mental thing. It is not easy to fight with a champion like Hamilton. The same goes for Vettel,” Massa said to La Gazzetta dello Sport. “They are both in a difficult situation and then Bottas also has to live with Russell who keeps chasing him.”

Bottas and Russell came to blows at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix earlier this month as they crashed out of the race.

“George is very strong, even though he made a mistake in Imola,” Massa said. “He deserves a chance and I hope Mercedes will give it sooner or later. I liked the fact that he apologised for his mistake. That is a sign of maturity, that he dares to admit such a mistake.”


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