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Perez missed out on Qatar podium as team 'played it safe'

Sergio Perez says Red Bull opted to "play it safe" in the Qatar Grand Prix following Valtteri Bottas' tyre failure and to pit him a second time, but the move cost the Mexican his sixth podium of the year. Perez was battling Bottas for third as the race reached its halfway point, having already undertaken a pit stop while the Mercedes driver was running an extended first stint on the medium tyre. But the Finn's prolonged 32-lap run ended abruptly with a sudden puncture that sent Bottas into the pits and dwindling down the order. The Red Bull pitwall took stock of the event and eventually deemed it a warning sign that compelled it to bring in Perez a second time. "Our problem...
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