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Wolff fears long-term pain after Bottas' Mercedes "write-off"

Sam Hall Monday 19 April 2021 04:00 Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has revealed the incident between Valtteri Bottas and Williams' George Russell could hinder the team's 2022 development plans. With Formula 1 operating under a budget cap for the first time, and with major new regulations set to be introduced next year, teams are calculating how best to divide their finances. Article continues under video Due to the restrictions, damage through crashes such as those between Bottas and Russell on lap 32 of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix have left Wolff counting the cost. "Our car is a write-off," said Wolff. "In a cost cap environment that is certainly not what we needed...
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