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Old 19 Mar 2017, 20:44 (Ref:3720062)   #46
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And half-Finnish.

No, he said he was definitely retired!
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Old 19 Mar 2017, 21:36 (Ref:3720071)   #47
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Old 19 Mar 2017, 22:15 (Ref:3720077)   #48
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It's not impossible.
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Old Yesterday, 17:28 (Ref:3721657)   #49
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Well, it was a strong and sort of steady "pick-up-some-points" performance from Bottas today. I don't think he really had the speed to match Lewis this weekend - even if he closed him down a bit towards the end, I think Lewis was still faster.
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Still, for his first outing in the Merc, he did pretty well, I thought. I'm not writing him off in the Merc battle.
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Old Yesterday, 20:22 (Ref:3721681)   #51
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Bottas 2017 is looking a lot like Rosberg 2016 to me.

Give the car wider margins than Lewis does, and with any luck Lewis will break something and put himself out of the way while Bottas cruises to some big, easy wins. Regardless, right now he's looking like an easy P3 in the championship because Kimi and Max are days behind.
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Old Yesterday, 20:57 (Ref:3721691)   #52
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I thought Bottas was solid and undramatic in the car this weekend. So solid, and so lacking in drama in fact, that there was little to suggest that the difference in pace to Lewis was down to anything other than pure speed.

Lewis must be very hungry for the title after last year, and I think he naturally digs deep for a battle against an extra-team opponent. I highly doubt Bottas will be embarrassed by Hamilton, but I suspect he will be squarely beaten over the course of the season.
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Old Today, 15:11 (Ref:3721886)   #53
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I thought bottas could have passed him late. He was closing fast for quite a while only to stall out at about 2 seconds behind Hamilton. Looked like he was playing the team role for now. Very encouraging start I think. Wish he would have made a run on Hamilton at the end, but he probably wasn't allowed just yet.
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Or could it be he was hitting the minimum distance you can easily run behind another car? I think it's a bit early for team orders.
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I think it makes sense for team orders the first few races to not cause strife with Hamilton right off the bat. Give a few races to gauge whether bottas has enough to compete. You think Hamilton would have been as positive post race if his teammate had passed him?
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Or could it be he was hitting the minimum distance you can easily run behind another car? I think it's a bit early for team orders.
would agree with that...if LH's merc was having tire issue from following a car im inclined to think that VB would have experienced the same issues if and when he pulled up to his team mate.

the team orders part is a bit tricky though...yes they didnt employ team orders telling VB to specifically to back off but using the same tire strategy for both drivers always strikes me, to some extent, as a behind the scenes team order (not that i have a problem with team orders).

by virtue of going longer on his first stint on ultras i would have thought there could have been/should have been an opportunity to let VB try out the super softs for his second stint.
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Old Today, 15:31 (Ref:3721893)   #57
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I think it makes sense for team orders the first few races to not cause strife with Hamilton right off the bat. Give a few races to gauge whether bottas has enough to compete. You think Hamilton would have been as positive post race if his teammate had passed him?
How can they gauge if Bottas can compete, if they also impose team orders to keep him behind?
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How can they gauge if Bottas can compete, if they also impose team orders to keep him behind?
If they imposed team orders, they still have the data showing he was catching Lewis.
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I'm afraid I don't buy it.
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Valterri didn't finish too far behind Lewis, so that's not a bad start
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