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    Quote Originally Posted by Nitrodaze View Post
    Spa was a good race for Bottas. He is 22 points clear of Verstapenn. He just need to keep his head down and put out great performance such this one. Go Valterie!
    Was it? He was 13 seconds off the lead, never in contention for the win and when they both went flat out before the pitstops, Hamilton pulled 1.5 seconds on him in one lap alone. He pulled 4 seconds on him in 3 laps and he was running in clear air pretty much all the time. I am not sure Iíd consider that a great performance honestly. Better than his performance in France though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Black Knight View Post
    Was it? He was 13 seconds off the lead, never in contention for the win and when they both went flat out before the pitstops, Hamilton pulled 1.5 seconds on him in one lap alone. He pulled 4 seconds on him in 3 laps and he was running in clear air pretty much all the time. I am not sure I’d consider that a great performance honestly. Better than his performance in France though.
    Bottas was being clever really. He knew the win was not possible so he decided to take care of his engine. In the press pit, he said he decided to conserve engine life since it was clear that Leclerc was too fast to beat.
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    That's interesting insight from Nitrodaze. Obviously it pays to pay attention to the post race media?

    The guy has to figure out how to get a win? When Hamilton beats him, he wins. When Bottas gets Hamilton, he's not winning.

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    Now that he has a new contract for next year. I think Bottas not only has to race to get as many wins as he can (because it makes you feel good) and secure 2nd in the championship. But I think it's best for Bottas to start racing with next year's championship in mind.

    Get some wins and results ahead of Hamilton where it'll carry over onto next year.

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    Qualifying head to head 11-5 to Hamilton

    Wins 9-2.

    2 wins in 1.75 season in a Mercedes is not a great record.

    Still mathematically in with a chance of the championship should Hamilton suffer 2-3 DNFís but itís a stretch and looks a defeated man now. Credit where itís due, he has been a vast improvement on last years Bottas v1.0.

    Maybe Bottas v3.x will do better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Black Knight View Post
    Qualifying head to head 11-5 to Hamilton

    Wins 9-2.

    2 wins in 1.75 season in a Mercedes is not a great record.

    Still mathematically in with a chance of the championship should Hamilton suffer 2-3 DNF’s but it’s a stretch and looks a defeated man now. Credit where it’s due, he has been a vast improvement on last years Bottas v1.0.

    Maybe Bottas v3.x will do better.
    After Hamilton established a clear lead to attain number 1 status, Bottas has tried to do enough to play the tyeam game or at least finish 2nd where that was possible. So far, l think he has done all that the team want from him. He is clearly keeping his powder dry by not stressing is engine with the hope that if Hamilton has an engine problem, he would have a good enough engine to capitalize. Besides, he has not been enjoying the love of the team. Take Sochi for instance, he asked if he could go for fastest lap, the pitwall said no, protect your engine. Then Hamilton went and put out the fastest lap scoring the extra point that could have also been available to Bottas if he was given the chance.

    These statistics don't mean anything in the face of the realities of internal team politics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Black Knight View Post
    Qualifying head to head 11-5 to Hamilton

    Wins 9-2.

    2 wins in 1.75 season in a Mercedes is not a great record.

    Still mathematically in with a chance of the championship should Hamilton suffer 2-3 DNF’s but it’s a stretch and looks a defeated man now. Credit where it’s due, he has been a vast improvement on last years Bottas v1.0.

    Maybe Bottas v3.x will do better.
    He has at least upped his game from last year. And in all fairness with Hamilton as the comparison, only a few drivers probably stand a real chance of challenging him in equal machinery.

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