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Analysis: Where it went wrong for Valtteri Bottas in 2018

It barely seemed to go right for Valtteri Bottas in 2018. He finished runner-up seven times without a win – a new, unwanted record in Formula 1 – and slumped to fifth in the final standings. Motorsport Week takes a look at how and where Bottas came close, and how the cards not once fell in his favour. Bahrain – The first of the seconds Bottas jumped Kimi Raikkonen at the start but trailed Sebastian Vettel throughout the race beneath the lights at Sakhir. Vettel had planned a two-stop strategy but Raikkonen’s botched pit stop meant he had to remain out on increasingly worn rubber, bringing Bottas into play late on. Bottas was presented with a half-chance on the final...
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