Mercedes gives team orders to Bottas

SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) During three years of sometimes hostile racing between teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, their Mercedes team avoided imposing team orders even when the tension was reaching break point and the two rivals were crashing into each other.

The idea was to let them race, and let natural justice be decided on the track at the expense of harmony away from it. The only exception was at last year's rain-soaked Monaco GP, where Rosberg accepted team orders to let Hamilton through on his way to victory.

Yet just three races into the new season, Mercedes has already imposed orders on Valtteri Bottas by telling him to make way for Hamilton twice in one race - Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix.

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Formula 1 Leaders: Points
RankDriverPointsWins
1 S.Vettel 68 2
2 L.Hamilton 61 1
3 V.Bottas 38 0
4 K.Raikkonen 34 0
5 M.Verstappen 25 0
6 D.Ricciardo 22 0
7 F.Massa 16 0
8 S.Perez 14 0
9 C.Sainz Jr. 10 0
10 R.Grosjean 4 0
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