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Mercedes confirms "tactical" engine change and grid drop for Bottas

Mercedes confirms "tactical" engine change and grid drop for Bottas

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Mercedes confirms "tactical" engine change and grid drop for Bottas

Mercedes confirms "tactical" engine change and grid drop for Bottas

Mercedes has confirmed Valtteri Bottas will take his fifth new power unit of the season for the Russian Grand Prix.

Bottas was hit with a back of the grid start at the Italian GP earlier this month as Mercedes fitted his fourth power unit and has again been pushed back in Russia after qualifying seventh.

In a brief statement, a Mercedes spokesperson confirmed: "We are taking the tactical opportunity to put another PU in the pool with VB [Bottas]."

Bottas' W12 has taken a fifth internal combustion engine, turbocharger and MGU-H.

The Finn will start 17th ahead of Nicholas Latifi, Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen, all of whom have also taken penalties.

After Lewis Hamilton collided with the pit wall and later spun in Q3, Mercedes added: "There was minor endplate damage to fix for LH after his brush with the barrier on his slicks lap yesterday. All else seems okay."

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YankeeF1

Spoiled? What is it with you and your Lewis hate? When Lewis joined from Maclaren, Mercedes was not at the front of the grid and people thought he made a mistake. It was a leap of faith and believing in Lauda's promises. In doing so, he earned the trust of the team. Rosberg had won nothing at that point and Lewis had won a driver's championship. Lewis and Mercedes invested in each other, and it's paid off for both. He's not spoiled. Max and Red Bull are doing the same thing right now. Max is favored over everyone they put in the other car. What has he won? Nothing yet.....and yet you call Lewis spoiled? Wow. That's a mental take if there ever was one.

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So Merc have decided to push Bottas to the back of the field to impede Max's progress. Stinky cheats!

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Poor Botas, again needs to sacrifice himself for the team.

It is a pitty RBR cannot fight 2 against 1; would make the races even more interesting to watch.

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MB really don't take any risk and see Max as a very very strong competitor.

Bottas can also try to keep Max behind him when Max 'enters the top 10'. Why does MB want this potential 'fight' to happen at the end of the field instead of the middle?

Max might potentially not even get into the top 10 (when Bottas starts 7th), so why bother?

A RBR car starting 20th on a MB track, and MB still fear for RBR to get points.

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Incredible.... Even starting last they fear Max and penalize Bottas to have LH back, again! Yes Hamilton 7 times WC, if he makes it to 8 he still won't be the greatest F1 driver in history

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Likely more the most spoiled F1 driver in history

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YankeeF1

Spoiled? What is it with you and your Lewis hate? When Lewis joined from Maclaren, Mercedes was not at the front of the grid and people thought he made a mistake. It was a leap of faith and believing in Lauda's promises. In doing so, he earned the trust of the team. Rosberg had won nothing at that point and Lewis had won a driver's championship. Lewis and Mercedes invested in each other, and it's paid off for both. He's not spoiled. Max and Red Bull are doing the same thing right now. Max is favored over everyone they put in the other car. What has he won? Nothing yet.....and yet you call Lewis spoiled? Wow. That's a mental take if there ever was one.

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In the hybrid area MB has always had a superior engine.

The fast majority of championships have been relatively easy for LW.

Relatively...

Of course there have been real battles, but it went all relatively easy.

And as soon as there came pressure, his partner was sacrificed systematically.

Max has never had the best car, and by great driving skills (and using elbows when driving at Torro Rosso) he made his way to the top.

Max and Lewis are both great drivers, but the battle isn't completely fair (2 against one, and MB still having a slightly better car).

Yes, when MB is having fears from a nr 20, and sacrificing a nr 7th, this is for me really 'over the top'.

Have Bottas fight Max when Max get in the top 10. Trying to have the fight at place 17th is really 'odd'.

Ignoring discussions who to blame at Monza and Silverstone: if Pirelli didn't have an issue with their tires, Max would still lead the championship.

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Reading some comments here made me smile, Max has never had help of off his team mate has he? the only driver who I can think of who has had as much influence at his team was Michael in his Ferrari days, of course Valtteri will help Lewis/Mercedes as he's out of contention for the title.

Max & Lewis are special, its a pity some fans from both sides can't see how lucky we are to be watching the best season in years.

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