Mercedes' trick to complicate Max Verstappen in the Russian Grand Prix

Mercedes decided to change various parts of the Valtteri Bottas car's power unit so that it starts from the bottom.

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El Russian Grand Prix, 15th date of the World Cup F1, has had a scene blow before the start due to the team Mercedes decided to change various components of the power unit of the Finn's car Valtteri Bottas, who in this way will start from the bottom of the grid.

Bottas, who had qualified seventh, will now depart 17 °, just three places ahead of the Dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull), leader of the tournament and who will start last after having fitted new parts to his engine.

Valtteri Bottas
Photo: Steve Etherington.

Undoubtedly, this measurement taken at night appears as part of a Mercedes strategy to make life difficult for Verstappen, something you hope to take advantage of in English Lewis Hamilton, who arrived at this appointment five points in his twenties and will start fourth after a complicated classification.

It is that the decision of the German team has taken everyone by surprises since Bottas, winner of the Russian GP on two occasions, had admitted after qualifying that he considered himself with a chance of winning and at no time had he complained of a failure in the power plant.

Other drivers who will start from the bottom after making changes to the power units are the Canadian Nicholas latifi (Williams), who will start 18th; and the Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), which will start the competition 19th.

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