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Valtteri Bottas is still free to fight for title – Mercedes

Mercedes has stressed that Valtteri Bottas remains free to fight for the 2019 Formula 1 title, despite losing further ground in the championship battle. Bottas won two of the opening four rounds to hold a slender points advantage over Lewis Hamilton, but since then has beaten his team-mate to the chequered flag just once. In Belgium Bottas finished third, with Hamilton second, meaning the five-time champion now has a 65-point advantage ahead of the remaining eight rounds. Max Verstappen, after his early exit in Belgium, is now 87 points behind Hamilton. “We’re going to encourage Valtteri as we did to go flat out, without getting ahead of ourselves,” said Mercedes boss...
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