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Mercedes explains why it turned down Bottas' tyre call

Mercedes has explained why it turned down Valtteri Bottas' request that he be put on a different tyre strategy to his teammate at Mugello. Having taken the lead at the start, Valtteri Bottas retained it after the ill-fated rolling restart shortly after. At the standing start that followed however, Lewis Hamilton appeared to catch the Finn napping, and by the end of the lap was already 1.13s clear of the second Mercedes. In his subsequent pursuit of his teammate, Bottas called on his team, stating that: 'For the second tyre set, I want the opposite to Lewis.' However, when the Finn stopped on 31 - Hamilton subsequently advised that this was down to safety reasons - he was fitted with hards,...
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