2018 Brazilian Grand Prix - Interlagos, 9-11 November

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Restomaniac wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:36 pm
Manoah2u wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:20 pm
Not even close.
It needs to be remembered that Hamilton has never won a race after securing the title and Bottas has currently been miles off.
Two podiums and a points finish is manageable if Ferrari has two one-two's.

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Restomaniac wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:36 pm
Manoah2u wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:20 pm
Not even close.
It needs to be remembered that Hamilton has never won a race after securing the title and Bottas has currently been miles off.
Merc 585 Ferrari 530 with 2 to go. They can not even do it with 2 1-2's if Merc get 3-4's
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Fair points from all. However as I say it’s just an inclination and TBH I’ve been wrong before.

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Restomaniac wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:36 pm
Manoah2u wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:20 pm
Not even close.
It needs to be remembered that Hamilton has never won a race after securing the title and Bottas has currently been miles off.
This. I am very curious to see if Hamilton does have the motivation to do his best though since he has mentioned that the job is not done - referring to the Constructor's Championship I suppose.

I wonder what happened to Bottas. He was on the sharp end of the stick earlier in the season. Seems like he has been broken down by playing wingman?!

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digitalrurouni wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:36 pm
Restomaniac wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:36 pm
Manoah2u wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:20 pm
Not even close.
It needs to be remembered that Hamilton has never won a race after securing the title and Bottas has currently been miles off.
This. I am very curious to see if Hamilton does have the motivation to do his best though since he has mentioned that the job is not done - referring to the Constructor's Championship I suppose.

I wonder what happened to Bottas. He was on the sharp end of the stick earlier in the season. Seems like he has been broken down by playing wingman?!
I would like to see Bottas get 'full assistance' for the last 2 races as a bit of payback for his work in the year.
No benefit to Hamilton getting extra points now, just wins on his CV, will he be as thankful for the help as he said he was?

Looks too much to get Bottas into second, but a couple of wins will make him feel better.
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Restomaniac wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:36 pm
Manoah2u wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:20 pm
Not even close.
It needs to be remembered that Hamilton has never won a race after securing the title and Bottas has currently been miles off.
He's never had to help win the WCC after his WDC though, has he? Fairly sure that's the case.

I think he'll be motivated to win for his guys and gals. A nice way to pay them back for their hard work.
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Big Tea wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:43 pm

I would like to see Bottas get 'full assistance' for the last 2 races as a bit of payback for his work in the year.
He's publicly stated that he doesn't want to be gifted wins. I don't think he'd actually take too kindly to Hamilton letting him through, assuming Hamilton was leading. Of course, Hamilton could let him catch and make a bit of a play at defending. Easy to make it look like the win was, well, won.

We might, of course, see Bottas taking the bull by the horns and driving the wheels off his car to earn a win all on his own. I hope that is the case. I like Bottas.
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Yeah I like Bottas as well. Excited for the upcoming race. I expect Ferrari to crush Mercedes this weekend.

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Restomaniac wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:36 pm
Manoah2u wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:20 pm
Not even close.
It needs to be remembered that Hamilton has never won a race after securing the title and Bottas has currently been miles off.
They have two races to score 31 points no matter what Ferrari does if Mercedes scores 31 points, it's a done deal. Only result that could bring things back into play would be a double Mercedes DNF with Ferrari getting a 1-2. Don't hold your breath.

EDIT: and oh yeah, rain because it's Interlagos.
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Just_a_fan wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:37 pm
Big Tea wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:43 pm

I would like to see Bottas get 'full assistance' for the last 2 races as a bit of payback for his work in the year.
He's publicly stated that he doesn't want to be gifted wins. I don't think he'd actually take too kindly to Hamilton letting him through, assuming Hamilton was leading. Of course, Hamilton could let him catch and make a bit of a play at defending. Easy to make it look like the win was, well, won.

We might, of course, see Bottas taking the bull by the horns and driving the wheels off his car to earn a win all on his own. I hope that is the case. I like Bottas.
I don't think anyone wants to be gifted un earned wins ( in normal circumstances ) but there is now no reason why he cannot have the best strategy or feedback from the tyre change on the other car first, the tow in qualli or first call on timing etc.
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Just_a_fan wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:37 pm
Big Tea wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:43 pm

I would like to see Bottas get 'full assistance' for the last 2 races as a bit of payback for his work in the year.
He's publicly stated that he doesn't want to be gifted wins. I don't think he'd actually take too kindly to Hamilton letting him through, assuming Hamilton was leading. Of course, Hamilton could let him catch and make a bit of a play at defending. Easy to make it look like the win was, well, won.

We might, of course, see Bottas taking the bull by the horns and driving the wheels off his car to earn a win all on his own. I hope that is the case. I like Bottas.
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This circuit needs good top speed, the requirements are similar to Spa, with the caveat that the high altitude means you can carry a bit more wing. Turns 6-12 make the biggest difference as far as lap time is concerned, but the 2 high speed sections also require plenty of grunt.
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I think Merc should fair well even with the power disadvantage to Ferrari. They've been murdering in fast corners throughout the season and the low speed corners also seems solved, unless it's tied to the new wheels, which then becomes contingent on whether they use them or not.
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Sierra117 wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:31 am
I think Merc should fair well even with the power disadvantage to Ferrari. They've been murdering in fast corners throughout the season and the low speed corners also seems solved, unless it's tied to the new wheels, which then becomes contingent on whether they use them or not.
Press say that they will not run the new wheels...