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If things had gone differently in the three most recent races, Valtteri Bottas might have scored a hat-trick. The Finn needed to up his game to earn a new contract at Mercedes, and his form so for this campaign suggests that's what he's done.
Heartbroken. Painful. Hurt. Terrible.
These were the words that Valtteri Bottas used to describe how he felt after losing victory in Baku with a late puncture. He was right to cheekily suggest that the only real cure to get over the disappointment was to go out and drink 10 pints of beer.
But however hazy his head might have been on Monday morning, Bottas would be well advised to take a step back from the immediate gut-wrenching torment of the blow-out, and instead reflect on a campaign that has been much better than his results show.
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