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Williams settled for Mercedes defeat says Smedley

Williams settled for defeat to Mercedes in Austria, despite dominating qualifying at the Red Bull Ring. Chief engineer Rob Smedley told Spain's EFE news agency that the Grove team was "not without problems" as it returned to the podium with Valtteri Bottas' third place behind the two Mercedes. Some analysts criticised Williams for not pursuing an aggressive enough strategy for victory in Austria, but Smedley says that was a deliberate approach. "We had to manage the car's systems, including brakes, tyres and other things," he said. "We had to be sure of finishing in third and fourth places, so we decided not to do anything risky to compete with Mercedes that could...
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