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The deja vu moment that reveals Bottas' true Hamilton deficit
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The deja vu moment that reveals Bottas' true Hamilton deficit

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Making a winning start to the 2020 Formula 1 season, Valtteri Bottas now trails Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by five points following two emphatic victories for the Briton, hinting towards Bottas still being some way off being a title contender.

Bottas departed the Hungaroring having conceded the lead of the Formula 1 world championship to Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton. Seeing a 13-point advantage turn into a five-point deficit in the space of two races does not inspire confidence that this, finally, could be the season Bottas finally comes good and topples Hamilton from atop his perch.

But Bottas himself remains resolutely determined, and upbeat - in the manner you might expect of an elite athlete who must maintain self-belief even in the face of that self-confidence being regularly and exactingly tested by the feats of wonder performed by someone else with exactly the same machinery at their disposal.

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