Just_a_fan wrote: ↑
Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:53 am
I could see Hamilton helping Bottas to the win to keep his championship finishing place - a certain bit of "thank you" for the season. I don't see Vettel doing the same to help Kimi. I don't think either Finn would want it that way, however.
Nah, not gonna happen. First of all, Hamilton is by every means faster than Bottas,
and thus he'll be in front of him either way. Hamilton is also after race wins in the end,
and also the challenge of pole position is with him. He is on a high, and wants to finish the season
on a high. There's no saying what'll happen next year, with prospects of RedBull being in a WCC and WDC
That means AbuDhabi could be the last chance for Mercedes to dominate, or the last chance for an 'easy'
win. They'll want to grab that win as much as they can.
Putting their 'money' on Bottas, and thus needing Hamilton to tune it down a notch, is far too big of a risk.
first of all it is unfair, as it's more or less 'setting up the race'. second of all, bottas is slower in all areas,
so hamilton must hold back and that endangers not only his own race result, but also that of the reason he's holding back, bottas. so by trying to 'present' the win to bottas, mercedes might dig their own grave and 'present' the win to either Ferrari (Vettel), which will make the headlines into a reboosted Ferrari spirit due to winning the final GP,
and a story that Mercedes are in trouble especially after their last GP had engine problems.
There's also Max to take into the equation, who will happily steal both positions and take the highest step.
boosting RB morale even further, and the result is still: nothing for Bottas.
if Bottas wants to win, he'll have to do it on his own merit. He can't, so he won't. Hamilton is far too good and on a far higher level. Bottas is nothing but a 2nd range nr2 driver. I'll even predict 2019 will be his last year with Mercedes, and see him get replaced in 2020. but that's another story.
I think Bottas will be lucky if he even MANAGES himself to make p3 in qually, i fully expect him to reach P4 at maximum. Getting P3 is probably the best he can achieve i'd say, P2 is only due to the car itself being faster than the rest and having great tactics and Ferrari's usual bad tactics.