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    Quote Originally Posted by Nitrodaze View Post
    We could also say if Verstappen had not crashed into Hamilton twice, Hamilton and Mercedes would be well in the lead of the championship race at this point of the season. What ifs do not cut it? What actually is, that is what counts
    Hamilton knocked out Verstappen
    Bottas knocked out Verstappen (and Perez)
    Verstappen knocked out Hamilton

    Perez needs to do his part again Hamilton to make it all equitable

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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nKS View Post
    Bottas is probably the MVP of Mercedes. Had he not done the "Bottas Bullet" into Verstappen and Perez - Mercedes would have not won the driver or the constructor championship this year.
    That alone was a big blow to RB this year. The tire at Baku was costly as well. Really at the end of the day if Merc end up on top it's simply due to some luck on their part and misfortune on RBs part. Overall neither the team strategy calls or the driving has been on par with RB this year except for a few races here and there. RB has been fairly consistent most of the year, with the biggest flaw in the operation seeming to be Perez really.

    With the momentum into the final races, Merc looks poised to claw back both titles, but it might not be quite enough.

    I hope next years cars end up even closer in performance, and with less spread among the field.

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    Quote Originally Posted by airshifter View Post
    That alone was a big blow to RB this year. The tire at Baku was costly as well. Really at the end of the day if Merc end up on top it's simply due to some luck on their part and misfortune on RBs part. Overall neither the team strategy calls or the driving has been on par with RB this year except for a few races here and there. RB has been fairly consistent most of the year, with the biggest flaw in the operation seeming to be Perez really.

    With the momentum into the final races, Merc looks poised to claw back both titles, but it might not be quite enough.

    I hope next years cars end up even closer in performance, and with less spread among the field.

    I also hope the field really tightens up and there are multiple constructors that can win on any given weekend. That is what got to happen if F1 going to survive and succeed in the U.S. market. Americans love the underdog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nKS View Post
    Hamilton knocked out Verstappen
    Bottas knocked out Verstappen (and Perez)
    Verstappen knocked out Hamilton

    Perez needs to do his part again Hamilton to make it all equitable
    Potatoes, Patatoes yadda yadda.
    Bottas acted unintentionally. But Silverstone and Monza were intentional. Silverstone and Monza should not have happened if Verstappen was not unnecessarily aggressive. Go watch those races again l would say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nitrodaze View Post
    Potatoes, Patatoes yadda yadda.
    Bottas acted unintentionally. But Silverstone and Monza were intentional. Silverstone and Monza should not have happened if Verstappen was not unnecessarily aggressive. Go watch those races again l would say.
    Hamilton was signaling prior to Silverstone about how he was going to be aggressive and not give Verstappen any quarter.

    From Damon Hill

    Lewis Hamilton has inflicted a “psychological dent” in Max Verstappen with his renewed aggression at Silverstone.

    “I’ve never seen him do something unsporting in a race particularly. That was about as close as you’ll get to something you’d say ‘that was a little bit over the top’. But it wasn’t, because I’m sitting here going ‘he had to do it’.
    Hamilton has always been an aggressive driver when pushed (he just hasn't been pushed lately until this year).

    Previously Hamilton has said:

    I drive aggressively because my car is not fast enough at times and I have to push and be aggressive.”
    The bottom line is Hamilton got the penalty at Silverstone, not Max.

    Anytime Hamilton is under pressure - he plays a little dirty. You don't become a world champion for being a choir boy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nitrodaze View Post
    Potatoes, Patatoes yadda yadda.
    Bottas acted unintentionally. But Silverstone and Monza were intentional. Silverstone and Monza should not have happened if Verstappen was not unnecessarily aggressive. Go watch those races again l would say.
    Weird to see you admit hamilton took verstappen out intentionally.

    But hey, better late than never.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nKS View Post
    Hamilton was signaling prior to Silverstone about how he was going to be aggressive and not give Verstappen any quarter.

    From Damon Hill



    Hamilton has always been an aggressive driver when pushed (he just hasn't been pushed lately until this year).

    Previously Hamilton has said:



    The bottom line is Hamilton got the penalty at Silverstone, not Max.

    Anytime Hamilton is under pressure - he plays a little dirty. You don't become a world champion for being a choir boy.
    Verstappen was aggressive from the start of the season and Hamilton tried to stay cool. Silverstone was about Hamilton telling Verstappen to back off. We all knew he was going to be aggressive at Silverstone. The impressive thing was, Verstappen did not back off.
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