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Russell: Williams ‘anticipated' Qatar Grand Prix punctures

For Valtteri Bottas and Lando Norris their punctures in Qatar came as a complete shock, but Williams already knew it could happen. The Losail International Circuit wowed drivers with its high-speed fast turns, but wisely Pirelli brought the hardest compounds in their range, the C1s, C2s and C3s, in hope that they could withstand the demand. As it turned out though, they couldn't, at least not for several drivers. With tyre management ruling for many throughout the grid, those that did try to push a little too hard paid the price, with Bottas, Norris and the Williams duo of George Russell and Nicholas Latifi all suffering tyre blowouts. Norris in particular was furious, stressing that the...
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