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Mercedes warned they need Valtteri Bottas to beat Lewis Hamilton to F1 title this year

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“Having Lewis in the car, yes, it brings them a lot but [at the moment] we’re more in a position where it’s Lewis’ image that’s growing and not Mercedes’ image that seems to be growing. That’s the perception.

“What would really help Mercedes’ image is to win with a driver other than Lewis Hamilton.

“So clearly to go and break all the records, to be the World Champion with the most championships marks history and Mercedes wants that too; for that, it only takes a season.”

Mercedes weren’t their usual dominant selves in the pre-season testing earlier this month though with Red Bull impressing with Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.



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