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Bottas 'surprised' by Mercedes' Monaco pitstop claim

Valtteri Bottas says he was surprised by Mercedes' claim that he had stopped slightly out of position during his ill-fated pitstop in Monaco, and therefore was partly to blame for the incident that caused his demise. Bottas was running second in the Monaco Grand Prix behind Red Bull's Max Verstappen when he undertook his scheduled pitstop on lap 30. But a slightly angled wheel gun did not connect correctly with the wheel nut and tore the metal clean off the latter, which made it impossible for the Mercedes crew to remove the wheel. As a result, the team was forced to retire the car on the spot. Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff later explained that Bottas had "pulled up slightly short of...
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