Lewis Hamilton 'silenced the myth' after out-qualifying Valtteri Bottas ahead of French GP

Lewis Hamilton says he’s ‘silenced the myth’ after outperforming team-mate Valtteri Bottas to start second on the grid ahead of the French Grand Prix, despite switching his chassis with the Finn this weekend.

Max Verstappen secured his fifth career pole position ahead of the race on Sunday, with Bottas starting third, as the championship leader looks to extend his lead at the top of the standings.

However, Bottas has been rapid across the three practice sessions in Paul Ricard, after two tough weekends, with some suggesting it could be down to Mercedes swapping his chassis with Hamilton’s.

All season, Hamilton has been driving chassis number six, with Bottas in chassis number four ahead of the French Grand Prix. Yet now, Mercedes have switched the pairing, with the Briton now in the number four.

However, Hamilton, who starts ahead of his team-mate, says he’s silenced his critics by qualifying ahead of Bottas.

“It’s been a really hard weekend,” said the seven-time world champion, “Mentally and not physically but just trying to get the car into a happy place.

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