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Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B
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Formula 1 Brazilian GP
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The hope and alarm Mercedes faces versus Red Bull in F1’s main 2021 Interlagos race

Although Mercedes has been mired in controversy for much of Formula 1’s 2021 Interlagos weekend, it still ended the sprint race in an excellent position. There are signs it could be in for repeat glory in the grand prix, while others highlight major dangers that favour Red Bull

“Today was a good day,” Valtteri Bottas said after adding sprint race glory in Brazil to his triumph in Monza back in September. At least this time he’ll be rewarded with the pole stat (that should technically go to Max Verstappen and, arguably, controversially, to Lewis Hamilton) and not just a sponsor memento.

“And I am also pleased that Lewis could get up to fifth place so that gives him plenty of opportunities for [the grand prix],” Bottas continued. “And that means we can still, even with the issues of this weekend, have a great result [when it matters].”

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