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Old 13 Apr 2019, 15:41 (Ref:3897229)   #31
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Is it too early to start talking about Mercedes backing Bottas for the season? Is Hamilton's reign at Mercedes over?
Way too early. Bottas was not in a position to challenge for the win in Bahrain. If Lewis wins tomorrow then he leads the championship.
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Old 13 Apr 2019, 15:45 (Ref:3897231)   #32
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Is it too early to start talking about Mercedes backing Bottas for the season? Is Hamilton's reign at Mercedes over?
No. Absurd.
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Old 13 Apr 2019, 16:09 (Ref:3897235)   #33
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Old 13 Apr 2019, 16:34 (Ref:3897236)   #34
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Way too early. Bottas was not in a position to challenge for the win in Bahrain. If Lewis wins tomorrow then he leads the championship.
And if Bottas wins he will be even further ahead
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Old 13 Apr 2019, 17:15 (Ref:3897244)   #35
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That’s true he will extend his 1 point lead!
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Old 13 Apr 2019, 17:16 (Ref:3897245)   #36
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Way too early.
Way too early indeed. But equally it is way too early to discount him.

I think it is smart for the top teams to bet on their 2 horses as long as they are close together and only start giving preferrential treatment to 1 of them as soon as the other has fallen (way) behind.


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Bottas was not in a position to challenge for the win in Bahrain. If Lewis wins tomorrow then he leads the championship.
That's true, but the same could be said of Hamilton in Australia.

Broken floor in one case, platic bag in the other. How much influence that really had is anyone's guess.
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It's anyone's game (well, within reason. Kubica and Russell are probably long shots..... ).
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The last run of Q3 was a mess.
That just had to happen at some moment.
If every team waits until the last possible moment to make that 2nd run, someone is going to lose out in the end.
Today that were 4 "someones".


Instead of blaming all others, Verstappen should blame his team. They could have sent him out a bit earlier instead but didn't.
There are 12 minutes of Q3 and that is more than enough time to do outlap - qually lap - inlap - change tires - outlap.


At least Magnussen was quite realistic in his assessment and didn't blame Vettel, Hulkenberg or Ricciardo - instead he said they did the right thing.
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It was refreshing to see Leclerc take the blame himself. However that isnít the norm in motto racing drivers, or indeed people.

He and his team could have come up with a better, less risky, plan. However Verstappen is a person, a motor racing striver and a Verstappen so it will always be someone elseís fault.
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Verstappen: How dare drivers be on my track. What are they doing?
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It was refreshing to see Leclerc take the blame himself. However that isnít the norm in motto racing drivers, or indeed people.

He and his team could have come up with a better, less risky, plan. However Verstappen is a person, a motor racing striver and a Verstappen so it will always be someone elseís fault.
A striver even? Is that better than a driver?


In all seriousness, when he actually does something stupid Verstappen always takes the blame.
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Old 13 Apr 2019, 19:30 (Ref:3897276)   #42
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In all seriousness, when he actually does something stupid Verstappen always takes the blame.
Really?
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A striver even? Is that better than a driver?


In all seriousness, when he actually does something stupid Verstappen always takes the blame.
I refer the honourable gentleman to Mr Verstappen's "something stupid" moment in Brazil last year, where he most certainly did not shoulder any blame whatsoever despite being at the very least equally culpable for the incident.

I know, I know, I've done that before, but still: he's a hot headed hotshoe and needs to calm down just a bit, then he could be the genius within.
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It's just daunting for Bottas knowing that not only does he have to beat his team mate, he has to beat his employer as well.


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Bottas isn't silly/stupid.. He joined Merc for a lot of money compared to our salaries knowing he had LH there. I saw the documentary.. He stated he was at Merc because he knew he could beat LH..
Except Merc is built around LH.. Refer to Rubens/Eddie..who's the fool? Damn good money as No2 if you can get it for a few years, as Eddie Irvine laughs now..
Good on you Bottas.. I'm jealous..
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