No car issues behind Bottas poor Spanish start
Mercedes say a lack of grip on the track and not technical issues caused Valtteri Bottas' poor start at the Spanish Grand Prix.
The Finnish flyer qualified on pole for the year's fifth race but was soon behind team-mate Lewis Hamilton after the five-time world champion was quickest off the grid.
He ended up second behind the Brit as Mercedes recorded their fifth straight one-two finish.
After the race, Bottas suggested that issues with his clutch prior to the start were behind his tardy getaway but Mercedes sporting director Ron Meadows disagrees.
"We believe there was a lack of grip on the pole position side," he said. "If you looked at the starts of the support races, more often than not the second, or even third or fourth placed guy would have a better start than the pole sitter."
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