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Bottas engine misfire gave Mercedes late ‘headache’

Toto Wolff has revealed that a late misfire on Valtteri Bottas’ Formula 1 engine gave Mercedes “a bit of a headache” during the closing stages of the French Grand Prix. Bottas trailed teammate Lewis Hamilton by nearly 20 seconds as he fended off a late attack from Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc to claim second place at Paul Ricard. The Finn had already dropped some time after being caught out by a short Virtual Safety Car period, before a late power unit gremlin cropped up with only a handful of laps remaining, enabling Leclerc to close in. “We had a little misfire on Valtteri’s engine that caused a little bit of a headache,” Wolff explained. “It set in pretty late. I think it...
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