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Mercedes axing Bottas for Russell mid-season would be 'a surprise' - Horner

GPFans Staff Tuesday 4 May 2021 12:35 Red Bull team principal Christian Horner does not believe Mercedes will axe Valtteri Bottas mid-season and replace him with George Russell. Bottas has been out of sorts this year, finishing 37 seconds adrift of the leading duo in team-mate Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull's Max Verstappen in the season-opening race in Bahrain before crashing out in Imola after a collision with Williams driver and Mercedes junior Russell. Article continues under video In Portimão, after qualifying on pole, Bottas was passed by Hamilton and Verstappen during the race en route to again finishing third. A report in The Daily Mail, quoting an engineering insider, has suggested...
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