"For a young guy he is a very tough racer, which is good to see, as you should when you're a Ferrari driver."
Bottas had his own chance to get beyond Leclerc late in the race, but a crucial lock-up saw his chances of victory disappear, as well as the chance to eat into Hamilton's championship lead which was only trimmed to 63 points as a result.
"I knew about halfway through the race the win was possible; how things were going and the pace I had on the medium I thought there will be opportunities at the end of the race.
"It was always the plan for me to go long in the first stint and have opportunities later on. We had those but we couldn't make it really happen. The only thing in my mind was to maximise this race and go for the win.
"There's nothing I would have done different in any other case."
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