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Mercedes hopes prompt Bottas exit reduces penalty risk

Mercedes says it hopes its quick decision to retire Valtteri Bottas’ car at Formula 1's Eifel Grand Prix means the Finn will avoid grid penalties across the remainder of 2020. Mercedes introduced a fresh power unit for both W11s at the Nürburgring, leaving both Bottas and Lewis Hamilton with limited new penalty-free components for the remainder of the campaign. Bottas led the early stages of the Eifel Grand Prix from pole position but dropped to third after an early pit stop, following a mistake at Turn 1, and then began to lose power. Mercedes called him into the pits to retire the car shortly afterwards. “At the end of the VSC period Valtteri complained of a lack of power,”...
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