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Mercedes: Bottas request for split strategy foiled by tyre concerns

Mercedes has revealed that Valtteri Bottas' request to be put on a different strategy than teammate Lewis Hamilton midway through the Tuscan Grand Prix was denied because of tyre concerns. Bottas was trailing Hamilton at the mid-way point of the 59-lap race and believed that only an alternate strategy would provide him with a chance of beating the six-time world champion. While Mercedes was initially more than happy to comply with Bottas' wish, the plan was changed on a whim and the Finn was brought in first. when the team bought the Finn in first. Chief strategist James Vowles detailed the reason behind that decision. “Towards lap 30 of the race, both cars were on medium and going into...
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