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Japanese GP showed why “Lewis always wanted to keep Valtteri” at Mercedes

Respected F1 pundit Peter Windsor has suggested that the friction between George Russell and Lewis Hamilton shows why the seven-time world champion wanted to keep Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes. Russell and Hamilton came close to colliding on a number of occasions in Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix. The first flashpoint came at Spoon Curve as Hamilton ran Russell off the track. Towards the end of the race, Mercedes used team orders to get Hamilton ahead of Russell, with the pair becoming increasingly under threat from Carlos Sainz behind. Windsor - who is a former Williams and Ferrari team manager - believes their Suzuka duel highlights “acrimony” between the pair. ...
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