Bottas is under a lot of pressure to deliver this year and has been driving fantastically, only to lose what would have been 2 well earned victories in a row thanks to the timing of a safety car in China and a random piece of debris in Baku.f1316 wrote: ↑Wed May 02, 2018 9:37 amThere seems to be a pervading narrative that Bottas ‘deserved’ to win in Baku - some even going so far as to suggest he ‘should have won’ the last three races.
Whilst I do actually think he would have had a decent shot at victory in Baku even without the SC, given his tyre offset - so I certainly don’t think his victory would have been undeserved given the SC almost gifted it to him - I think we should recognise that Vettel was in the pound seats without the safety car; he was primarily the one who was ‘unlucky’ prior to the debris for Bottas, just as Hamilton was ‘unlucky’ in Melbourne through no fault of his own. Lewis was probably more prudent in not having a lunge in Australia, but he also didn’t get the same kind of a sniff that Seb did, given the track layout.
We should be very clear that the fastest package - not just in quali but also the race - has been the Seb/Ferrari one, and in terms of the way he’s driving the car (as opposed to Ferrari’s strategy) he has been the driver who ‘deserved’ to win the races (all bar the first one) if given the correct strategy by his team.
If judged purely on how quickly the driver drove his car, we’d be looking at one win for Lewis and three for Seb.
Just feel as if that’s being lost in the overwhelming sentiment of praise from Bottas (which I grant he has driven very well since his mistake in Q3 Melbourne).
Seb and Lewis have both had bad luck but they've each been gifted a race win at someone else's expense, Valtteri is the only one to have been consistently unlucky.
If we were going purely by speed Australia would have been Lewis, Bahrain Seb, China Valtteri and Baku possibly Seb but probably Valtteri, he is extremely unfortunate not to be leading the championship at this point and to me out of the season so far has driven better than anyone else out of the top 3 teams.