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Mercedes: Bottas’ strategy wasn’t to block Verstappen

James Allison has said that the original plan in Bahrain, before the poor pit-stop, wasn't for Valtteri Bottas to hold up Max Verstappen. Even before a 10-second pit-stop, the Finn struggled to get involved with the fight at the front after being passed by Charles Leclerc at the start and getting stuck behind him for a few laps. thus losing touch with Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. After the race, he was unhappy that the team had put him on what he felt was a 'defensive' strategy rather than take a risk in an attempt to get him back in the mix. However, Allison claims that, if not for the issues during his second stop, Bottas would have in fact been a threat to the Dutchman on the strategy...
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