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Mercedes hopes Bottas will avoid Portimão grid penalty

Mercedes says it has "a lot of checks to do" but remains hopeful that Valtteri Bottas will be spared a grid penalty at the upcoming Portuguese GP following an MGU-H failure in Germany. In last weekend's Eifel GP, shortly after the Virtual Safety Car restart, Bottas radioed in to report a sudden loss of engine power. The Finn was brought in and Mercedes subsequently retired the #77 Mercedes after diagnosing an MGU-H issue. The DNF was a costly set-back for Bottas who now trails teammate Lewis Hamilton by 69 points in the drivers' standings. Mercedes chief strategist James Vowles says the team's swift decision to call in Bottas as soon as the problem was detected will have...
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