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Valtteri Bottas is reported to have visited the Mercedes factory in preparation for joining the team this year. Links
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Bottas Mercedes factory visit suggests deal is done (Motorsport)
"There has been no official confirmation of the news, but it is suggested he tried out the cockpit of the team’s 2017 car to help with planning for his seating position, and ran through initial technical preparations with the engineers that he could be working with next year."
Gutierrez confident he has speed, talent to remain in F1 (F1i)
"Gutierrez said of his qualifying record against his always rapid team-mate. 'Yes, I have been very close and am aware of what I have been doing.'"
How DRS has skewed F1's overtaking records (Autosport)
"When DRS was introduced in 2011, the number of passes nearly doubled from 452 to 821 and was nearly four times of that of seasons during the late '90s and early '00s."
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