Bottas issues title warning to Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton has been warned by his Mercedes' team-mate Valtteri Bottas that the 2019 Formula 1 title race is "not over".
The 29-year-old Finnish driver is the only man who can realistically prevent Hamilton from winning his sixth drivers' title in 2019, despite failing to prevent him from claiming a record sixth win at his home British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday.
Bottas, who started the race on pole position but saw Hamilton take advantage of the safety car to claim the lead and victory, was left feeling frustrated afterwards.
Hamilton also snatched the extra point for posting the fastest lap on the final lap of the race and he now sits 39 points clear at the top of the standings at the halfway stage of the season.
However, Bottas is refusing to give up hope of chasing down the 34-year-old in the remaining races.
He told Sky Sports: "I don't know what to say, congratulations to Lewis, massive support for him over here.
"I stopped first and I was controlling the pit stop gap so I was still effectively leading the race until the safety car.
"Lewis got a free stop there. I also went onto the mediums which meant I had to stop again at the end so that was pretty much it. Not really my day but at least the pace was good.
"There are some positives, we were the quickest on the track and the race pace was good today. We had a good fight and it's not over yet."
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