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Would Hamilton have won at Imola without VSC fortune?

Lewis Hamilton emerged victorious in a surprisingly difficult Emilia Romagna Grand Prix for Mercedes. He enjoyed a slice of luck with the timing of one race interruption, but was his victory inevitable without it? Here's why things aren't so clear cut

The Mercedes W11 may well go down as one of the best Formula 1 cars that has ever been produced. But it is certainly not designed to run with a massive bit of Ferrari bodywork jammed into the aerodynamic structures of its slippery belly.

The chunk of Ferrari front wing endplate was a major factor in Valtteri Bottas's defeat against Lewis Hamilton in last weekend's Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. But it was not the only factor that cost the Finn at Imola.

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