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Bottas insists Turkish GP "focus" on himself rather than Hamilton

Bottas insists Turkish GP "focus" on himself rather than Hamilton

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Bottas insists Turkish GP "focus" on himself rather than Hamilton

Bottas insists Turkish GP "focus" on himself rather than Hamilton

Valtteri Bottas has insisted he will focus on his own race and not seek to assist team-mate Lewis Hamilton after securing pole position for the Turkish Grand Prix.

Hamilton was fastest in qualifying at Istanbul Park but will take a 10-place grid penalty for an engine change, promoting Bottas to pole, with his team-mate's championship rival Max Verstappen alongside on the front row.

Bottas was matching Hamilton throughout qualifying as a damp track improved throughout the hour, eventually finishing 0.130s behind the championship leader.

"It was a good quali, not easy conditions especially in Q1, it was a bit on the edge with the damp parts in the first corner which and also turns three and four," said Bottas.

"The last lap, I missed a bit in the last sector with understeer but other than that, the lap was really nice and I enjoyed it.

"As a team result, it was as we had planned, so Lewis with his penalty, has the minimal penalty we can and I am on pole so it should be good."

Asked what the plan of attack for the race was given Mercedes' need to protect Hamilton's slender two-point lead to Verstappen, Bottas replied: "I will focus on my own race.

"That is the way to go when you start in front so I will try to keep up a good pace."

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