Bottas tops Qatar practice; Mercedes have Brazil appeal rejected

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Vatteri Bottas dominated Friday practice for the inaugural Qatar Formula One Grand Prix while title rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton were separated by less than one-tenth of a second in third and fourth. Mercedes driver Bottas clocked 1 minute 23.148 seconds on the 5.38-kilometre Losail International Circuit which in the past has only seen MotoGP racing. Pierre Gasly was second for Alpha Tauri, with Red Bull’s Verstappen third after dominating the first session, and Hamilton of Mercedes fourth after complaining about a lack of power in the early session. Verstappen trailed Bottas by .3…

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