As usual Bottas is the clown of the crowd. This is the - once again - renewed Bottas? Geesh how can he get it out of his mouth, he's a pile of garbage only meant to be a chicane for the top dollar driver and to make sure enough points are earned to get the WCC. He needs to stop thinking he's anything else but that.
Be honest, I expected Hamilton to win because it's just how things have been going anyways the past years anyway. I expected a DNF however from the RBR camp. It didn't start well with Perez' issues, and then the diff issues with Max. Did those Diff issues cause enough - perhaps paired to a damaged floor - to 'hand' Lewis the win? Perhaps, it surely didn't help.
To be fair though, I think Lewis did earn this win in the end fair and square. People can whine all they want about going wide on - or off - the track, Max could have recieved an update to go wide there by his team before anyway, but that honestly isn't something that settled the race either way.
Mercedes was on it from the start, and showed their game when undercutting Max. The race was essentially decided right there and then.
In the end however, the dogfight between Max and Lewis was definately great to watch, and very exciting.
Max has nobody to blame but himself to lose the race there, because let's face it - he did overtake Lewis outside the track, it would have been a clear 'unfair' advantage, so he had to give it back. If he had won like that, it would not have been really that 'honourable' anyway. Max got greedy at the wrong place, and took the toll. The comment about not giving the place back not only is foolish but doesn't make much sense - he might - at the very best - created a gap of 5 seconds, but the FIA isn't stupid either and he just casually assumed he'd get a 5-second penalty, he just as much could have gotten a 10-second penalty.
Max c%cked it up right after that, burning through his tires and probably collected some unwanted dust and dirt too, and grew too much of a distance to lewis.
Right after that, it was over, and let's be honest here, Lewis did well - very well - to defend the mighty dutch lion right behind him. It's just that which makes him a 7 time WDC.
And yes, let's not forget either, that Lewis made a mistake and went wide just a lap or so before, which gave Max the chance to really catch up to him. Quite frankly, Max thus only really ever had a chance because of that mistake - otherwise it would have taken a bit longer for him to catch up. Longer behind a car, which causes tires to wear out more and the car to get hotter.
Max even benefitted from a 1.9 second pitstop aswell, let's not forget.
It's great to see them close together, perhaps closer than we've ever really seen two teams yet - but i am still not surprised that the end result is Hamilton winning, and Mercedes in the end the bigger fish. Sunday is where the points are given, and once again, Merc is on top.
Now, apart from that :
As expected, Mazespin out really soon. Honestly, i hope that is how things will keep going.
Russell doing a magnificient job in the Williams.
Was hoping for more from Mick. Unreasonable? yes. Still, bloke did well. Was hoping for some magic though. Perhaps it'll come.
Yuki did pretty well, points in his first GP, very nice.
Gasly too bad that there was that early damage which ruined his race.
Vettel clumsy AF piledriving into Ocon. He did pretty okay up untill that point.
Alonso very disappointed he had a DNF. Was great too see him out like that. He destroyed Ocon already. Alonso is a beast.
Sainz did great. Hope some more though.
Too bad about Perez' start BUT he did end up in a good spot though despite all that happened.