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Palmer: Mercedes strategy call came at no cost to Bottas

Article To news overview Team orders have been something of a feature in the 2021 F1 season to date. Daniel Ricciardo was asked to let Lando Norris pass him at Imola to go for a podium, while Sebastian Vettel swapped with Lance Stroll in Portugal in an attempt to get in the points. Last weekend at the Spanish Grand Prix, both Red Bull and Mercedes requested that Sergio Perez and Valtteri Bottas let their title-chasing teammates pass, with differing approaches from the drivers. Perez easily let Max Verstappen pass him after the Dutchman's pitstop, while Bottas held Sir Lewis Hamilton up for two thirds of a lap before the champion overtook him into Turn 10. Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has...
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