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Old 05-10-2021, 09:58 AM   #241
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Old 05-10-2021, 12:22 PM   #242
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It was interesting that Bottas made no mention of Hamilton's 100 pole positions milestone after qualifying, then he was resistant to letting Hamilton past even though there was zero chance of keeping him behind.

I think that he's getting signs that he will be replaced by Russell after this season, and if there was any hesitation to do so his actions are making the move easier for Mercedes.
Based off his actions (on the radio), I would agree. I don't think I heard him reply to any communication (when told to pick up the pace, or to let Hamilton pass). I think he knows it is his final year a Mercedes.

His pouty attitude might also keep him from a top ride.
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Old 05-10-2021, 04:02 PM   #243
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I get Botas not wanting to be Hamiltons bitch and following team orders to jerk off Hamilton at the drop of a hat but this instance seemed to be a really dumb time to try and be bold and disobedient. there was no real benefit to him doing so and could have costed the team if there was an incident.
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Old 05-11-2021, 08:48 AM   #244
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I get Botas not wanting to be Hamiltons bitch and following team orders to jerk off Hamilton at the drop of a hat but this instance seemed to be a really dumb time to try and be bold and disobedient. there was no real benefit to him doing so and could have cost the team if there was an incident.
Never mind that Bottas pitted for new tires after the incident but, to be fair, Hamilton did not think Bottas willfully obstructed him.
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Old 05-11-2021, 09:48 AM   #245
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Never mind that Bottas pitted for new tires after the incident but, to be fair, Hamilton did not think Bottas willfully obstructed him.
Hamilton does not want a hostile teammate, we've seen how that works out a few times on other teams.
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Old 05-11-2021, 09:52 AM   #246
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Hamilton does not want a hostile teammate, we've seen how that works out a few times on other teams.
For Mercedes Bottas has been a perfect number two.

Mercedes won 3 constructor's championships with Hamilton/Rosberg and have 4 with Bottas soon, perhaps, to be 5.
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For Mercedes Bottas has been a perfect number two.

Mercedes won 3 constructor's championships with Hamilton/Rosberg and have 4 with Bottas soon, perhaps, to be 5.
Every one of these number 2's has had their own opinion on their ability vs the number 1's ability. Racers will always believe that they're as fast as the other guy.
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Agreed that Bottas has been a perfect #2 (which is what he was hired for). However, I wonder if his head is getting too big by thinking he is better than he is due to driving the best car on the grid and getting top results. If I remember correctly, when Mercedes hired him (due to the last minute retirement of Rosburg) people were thinking Bottas did not earn the seat (Bottas was an also ran at that time).
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Old 05-11-2021, 10:37 AM   #249
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Agreed that Bottas has been a perfect #2 (which is what he was hired for). However, I wonder if his head is getting too big by thinking he is better than he is due to driving the best car on the grid and getting top results. If I remember correctly, when Mercedes hired him (due to the last minute retirement of Rosburg) people were thinking Bottas did not earn the seat (Bottas was an also ran at that time).
The Rosberg departure was a surprise and all the "good" drivers were contracted so they were able to get Williams to give up Bottas as Mercedes was their engine supplier.

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Bottas and Massa remained teammates at Williams for the 2016 season.

They were the only two drivers to achieve points finishes in all of the first five races of the season.

Bottas claimed third place at the Canadian Grand Prix, matching his result of the previous year.

This turned out to be Williams's only podium finish of the season.

He achieved an unofficial Formula One record speed of 378 km/h (235 mph) at the Baku City Circuit during qualifying for the European Grand Prix.

The second half of the season was less eventful for Bottas.

He finished 8th in the Drivers' Championship, once again ahead of his teammate Massa's 11th place.

He also out-qualified his teammate 17–4 over the course of the season.
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Old 05-11-2021, 11:56 AM   #250
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Mazepin is such a fucking joke.
This. So much this!!!

That guy was blocking the 1st place driver from passing!!! I was soooo happy when he was awarded a 5 second penalty for ignoring blue flags!!!

I'm sad about Bottas' attitude. He is really showing a sour face now. It must suck to be a #2, but there must be great perks to being on a winning team.

The racing is sooo much better with actual battles for the lead.
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Bottas is the modern day Riccardo Patrese although not as likeable
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Never mind that Bottas pitted for new tires after the incident but, to be fair, Hamilton did not think Bottas willfully obstructed him.
yeah to try and get fastest lap, which he failed to do so.
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If any of you ever feel useless, remember Nikita Mazepins car has DRS equipped.
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If any of you ever feel useless, remember Nikita Mazepins car has DRS equipped.
Never uses it during a race.
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