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Lewis Hamilton has criticised the Mercedes strategy that almost derailed his race at the Japanese Grand Prix. Hamilton was told by team-mate George Russell to marginally slow down in the dying laps of the race, to give Russell DRS and hold off Carlos Sainz’s challenge behind him. However, the move proved to be ill-advised as the Ferrari driver ended up overtaking Russell and then piled pressure on Hamilton during the closing stages of the race. Hamilton finished the race in 5th place, with Sainz failing to overtake him in the end in 6th, Russell a further place back in 7th.

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