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Bottas 'had zero rubber remaining' by end of Spanish GP

Valtteri Bottas came very close to losing his podium finish in last weekend's Spanish Grand Prix, Mercedes has revealed. "It's fair to say that it was extremely marginal," chief strategist James Vowles said in the team's latest Pure Pitwall video presentation. "If the race had been a lap or two longer, we could have been in big, big trouble." Bottas had pitted earlier than planned on lap 19 in an attempt to jump Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen. He put on a set of medium tyres, but had to complete another 47 laps until the end of the race if the revised strategy was to work. The team opted not to pit Bottas under a late Virtual Safety Car, as Ferrari did with Sebastian Vettel....
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