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7 hours ago, IainMorton said:

9 wins for Bottas during five years in the fastest car, whereas Hamilton has had at least 9 wins per season since 2014. But yet some still say it’s only because of the car.

That says more about Bottas tbh. I'm actually surprised it's as many as 9. He's shite. He won't get a podium ever again.

Obviously Hamilton's success is not only about the car, however being in a far superior machine for a considerable chunk of his F1 career has probably contributed considerably to his World Title hall imo. 

 

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1 hour ago, Sherrif John Bunnell said:

I thought Tsunoda might have been on shaky ground for 2022, but RB must still see something in him.

Gasly is clearly far too good for that team now. I'm assuming he is just biding his time at AT until a seat opens up somewhere else

Japanese sponsorship to keep people who worked at Honda around?

Anyway F1's least surprising news. 

 

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15 hours ago, Mark Connolly said:

That does look pretty poor, but it is slighty unfair to judge him purely on race wins in that time, when he was the clear number 2 driver at the team, and number 1 won 46. It would be difficult to quantify, but, until recently, he always seemed pretty decent at backing up/slowing down anyone who might have threatened Hamilton's chance of winning/maximising points, and you could argue that was actually the job Merc needed him to do.

That's not to say he shouldn't have maybe performed better, but to say "he should have had more wins in that car" is a little simplistic when you think who was in the other "most dominant" car.

Yep, as previously said Perez (and previous RB no. 2s) have shown how useless you can be in the rear-gunner/tactical role. Bottas failed to take a significant number of chances but has given Mercedes a reliable option to split their strategies. 

If RB can't get their second driver beyond Bottas then I think they'll end up losing both championships because of it. 

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Things are about to get interesting at Mercedes. I will not be at all surprised if George has the pace to match Hamilton pretty much from the off. While that's great for the sport, it could be expensive for Mercedes in the drivers' championship with Red Bull having a sole focus on Max. Very interesting times ahead.

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43 minutes ago, die hard doonhamer said:

Things are about to get interesting at Mercedes. I will not be at all surprised if George has the pace to match Hamilton pretty much from the off. While that's great for the sport, it could be expensive for Mercedes in the drivers' championship with Red Bull having a sole focus on Max. Very interesting times ahead.

Much depends on the new cars though. Will Mercedes get that right from day 1? Does there huge advantage disappear to an extent?

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Not going to happen but I’d love to see how Norris would do in the second Red Bull.

I’m still not convinced by Russell. He’s clearly a very quick driver but I’m not sure he’s got the mentality to be a championship contender in F1. Hope he proves me wrong.

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32 minutes ago, IainMorton said:

Albon to Williams confirmed.

Good luck to him. I felt he was kind of harshly treated at Red Bull in the same way Gasly was. Perez hasn't exactly jumped in and been right on the pace as many said he would. 

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Going back to Bottas, his 9 wins in 5 years looks poor. The best comparison is probably Rubens Barrichello who was Schumacher's number 2...and he won 9 races from 2000 to 2004. Schumacher won 48. Very similar numbers. Perhaps I'm judging him a bit harshly.

Good news for Russell (assuming he doesn't end up like Gasly/Albon did at red Bull) and Albon. He was thrown in at the deep end at RB.  

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7 hours ago, scottsdad said:

Going back to Bottas, his 9 wins in 5 years looks poor. The best comparison is probably Rubens Barrichello who was Schumacher's number 2...and he won 9 races from 2000 to 2004. Schumacher won 48. Very similar numbers. Perhaps I'm judging him a bit harshly.

Good news for Russell (assuming he doesn't end up like Gasly/Albon did at red Bull) and Albon. He was thrown in at the deep end at RB.  

Was there not a race in Hungary where Barrichello moved over on the finish line to let Schumacher win, even though he was already cruising the championship? Also the infamous one where they tried to engineer a dead heat on the line (Indy?), but Rubens was 0.001s ahead or something.

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