SiLo wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 23, 2021 4:30 pm
Marty_Y wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 23, 2021 1:15 pm
El Scorchio wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 23, 2021 1:03 pm
A difficult choice, but the sensible choice, even if it sucks for Bottas. Kudos to him.
I totally agree, it's the right decision given the circumstances.
And he's in this position mostly because of his own poor performances here and there. Otherwise he's been driving well and been pretty close to Lewis. 2 bad races in Imola and Baku are the reason he is down where he is, plus some poor luck in Monaco where he was set for a podium.
He does seem to be cursed with bad luck, What happened at Imola and Monaco were circumstances beyond his control so I don't think he can be blamed. He struggled to find a set up to get the car working for himself at Baku, but Hamilton had the same issue at Monaco.
I've got sympathy for what he's being asked to do, but over the last few years he's been in a very privileged position of driving a car capable of winning him a WDC, if you think about it for the last few years only 2 teams and 4 drivers realistically could win. Last year only the W11 could win, Ferrari were nowhere and Red Bull just wasn't fast enough (at least until the end of the season when it was too late)
I think last year at Silverstone is a perfect example of his luck, his tyre fails and he ends up with no points (which was the start of the end for his chance of winning a WDC), Lewis's tyre fails and he wins the race on three wheels.
He's never going to be a champion but at least he's had a realistic chance of it, which is more than most other drivers on the grid have ever had IMO.
Personally I hope he stays for another season, I like and and think Russell is a very good driver but Bottas makes a better teammate.