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Russian GP: Mercedes will impose team orders for Hamilton and Bottas

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Dates: 28-30 Apr Venue: Sochi Autodrom
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Mercedes have changed their stance on team orders in response to the pace of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who is on pole for Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix.

Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda told BBC Sport if one driver was holding the other up in a race, he had to let the quicker one past.

“It is logical: ‘If I cannot go as quick as my team-mate I have to give him room to fight Vettel,'” Lauda said.

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