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Formula 1

Do Mercedes need to assert more authority over Hamilton?

Valtteri Bottas ended his win drought at the Turkish Grand Prix, while Max Verstappen took advantage of Lewis Hamilton's grid penalty to reclaim the title lead, as the Briton endured late strategic drama.

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The Turkish Grand Prix at Istanbul witnessed a masterclass from Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas, but it was Max Verstappen and Red Bull who left Turkey smiling.

With Verstappen coming home second, and Lewis Hamilton in fifth, the Dutch driver retakes control of the Drivers' Championship. But, perhaps more worryingly for Verstappen, was that Mercedes clearly looked the faster team at Istanbul Park until Hamilton had to serve his engine penalty.

Are Mercedes now on top as 2021 development draws to a close? Are Red Bull struggling for outright pace?

Analysing the Turkish Grand Prix are Formula 1 journalists Dieter Rencken, Mike Seymour and Thomas Maher, who also ask whether Mercedes need to assert more authority over Lewis Hamilton, or whether the reigning World Champion was right to go against his team's instruction.

In addition, the RacingNews365 podcast covers Franz Tost's comments about F1 personnel putting up with 23 races in a season, and whether there are simply too many races nowadays.

All these topics and more on the new RacingNews365 podcast!

F1 2021 Turkish Grand Prix RN365 News dossier

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