How Mercedes made a win feel like a defeat
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How Mercedes made a win feel like a defeat

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Mercedes insisted it didn't want to take Russian GP victory away from Valtteri Bottas but that it had no choice. Would it have made the same call without a strategy mistake and a pesky Red Bull compromising the race?

Would you have done it? This was the question Mercedes motorsport chief Toto Wolff asked his many interrogators after his team orders handed Lewis Hamilton Russian Grand Prix victory over rightful winner Valtteri Bottas.

This is the key question - the only question that matters in understanding what happened at Sochi, and one that has a different answer depending on whether you approach it in a cool, calculating, rational manner or an emotional one.

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Series Formula 1
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Author Edd Straw