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Mercedes: We were willing to sacrifice win to cover off Verstappen

Article To news overview © Mercedes Mercedes' Andrew Shovlin has revealed that the team were willing to concede victory to Lando Norris by pitting Lewis Hamilton from second place late in the Russian Grand Prix, as they were more concerned about covering off what Max Verstappen had done further back in the pack. Hamilton had been directly behind leader Norris in the closing stages of the race, and appeared to be struggling to clear the McLaren driver when rain started to fall on the Sochi Autodrom. With Norris staying out on track as the conditions teetered between wet and dry, Hamilton pitted on Lap 49 to make the switch to Intermediates. Mercedes called Hamilton in after Verstappen had...
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