PlatinumZealot wrote: ↑
Mon Jun 21, 2021 7:04 pm
Vasconia wrote: ↑
Mon Jun 21, 2021 7:06 am
Rodak wrote: ↑
Mon Jun 21, 2021 1:03 am
I'm not sure how you come to that conclusion. Max was able to hold off Hamilton lap after lap, even though Hamilton had DRS as the following car. Max then opened up a 3 second lead and made his second stop. Mercedes should have immediately reacted, as Bottas pretty loudly pointed out. The faster car won. Could Bottas have just told Mercedes he was coming in and done it? It would be great to have drivers dictating tactics for a change......
Lewis wasn't able to overtake Max because the Dutch was clearly faster on the straight but I think it would have been a matter of time that Lewis would have overtaken him, he was clearly faster.
In any case, it must be frustating for Mercedes to realize that even in France RB has been able to fight with them and even beat them. In 2018 and 2019 Mercedes smashed the competence so the change is clear.
I think Lewis should have pitted right after Max (assuming he missed the undercut anyway) and chased him to the end. Reason being that the Mercedes should have been better on its tyres so some sort of chance would have come up to pressurize Max into a(nother) mistake.
I don't think that would have worked.
I believe Mercedes had the advantage on H allowing Lewis to put Max under pressure.
I don't think he would have had same pace advantage on M.
Also, he would have come out of the box some ~8s behind Max(when Max went to box he was 4s infront, and he would had 1 lap on new M vs old H), so he would have had to catch him first. 19 laps to go, he would have needed more than 0.5s advantage to make it work.