Mercedes expect an angry Valtteri Bottas to come back strongly after losing ground to teammate Lewis Hamilton in the Formula One championship in Monaco on Sunday. The Finn is now 17 points behind the five-times world champion after finishing third in Monaco following a pitlane collision with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen early in the race. Verstappen was handed a five-second penalty for the unsafe release, a sanction that dropped the Dutchman from second to fourth. Hamilton won, his fourth victory of the season, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel promoted to second after Verstappen’s drop. “Valtteri lost a second place, three points, and Mercedes (lost) a one-two,” said team principal Toto Wolff on Sunday evening. “From Valtteri’s point of view, he will be gutted. He had the pace on the weekend, he could have been on pole in terms of raw speed and today P2 (second) was the minimum I think. And that P2 was taken away from him.” “The Valtteri of 2019 is going to get out of it stronger,” adde...

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