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Mercedes outline reason for Bottas' retirement from Qatar GP

Article To news overview © n365/michaelpotts Mercedes' Trackside Engineering Director, Andrew Shovlin, has explained that Valtteri Bottas' puncture caused too much damage to be competitive enough to finish the Qatar Grand Prix. Bottas was set to battle for the podium at the Losail International Circuit, having started from sixth, until his front-left tyre gave way after 33 laps. The Finn was running on the Medium tyre compound and was the first of four drivers to suffer a puncture during the race. Bottas could have been a factor to try and steal the extra point for the fastest lap of the Grand Prix away from Max Verstappen, but Mercedes say he had too much damage. "Not only did it...
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