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Mercedes gearbox issues first noticed in FP1

Mercedes' motorsport strategy director. James Vowles, says the gearbox issues faced in Austria became evident as early as first practice at the Red Bull Ring. Valtteri Bottas secured a lights-to-flag victory in Austria to get the Mercedes winning machine fired up again but it was far from a straightforward win in Spielberg. Bottas and Lewis Hamilton were both given repeated orders to stay off the kerbs because of a gearbox sensor issue and Vowles was forced to interject on team radio himself to reinforce that strong message. But as Mercedes cruised to 1-2 finishes in practice, under the surface the concerns over the gearbox were already there. 'Those [gearbox] issues were actually first...
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