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Mercedes admits W11 has fundamental gearbox flaw

Mercedes have admitted they are aware of a fundamental flaw with the gearbox on its W11, which was the cause of Sunday's reliability worries in Austria. Mercedes feared both its cars would suffer imminent failures during the Austrian Grand Prix, and called on race leader Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton to back off and avoid the kerbs, in the hope of prolonging the life of its gearboxes. Speaking to the F1 Nation podcast, Mercedes trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin admitted the issues aren't likely to be a one-off and could appear at any moment during a session or race and is a result of a build-up of electrical noise. 'On Friday we saw that Valtteri had an issue at the end of...
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