Don't really agree there.
I think Bottas did well last year, as his first year transition into a more demanding team with a very, very competitive opponent/teammate.
As for this this year though, i'm unimpressed. Hamilton from the get-go clearly is in a slum, a low, and even then Bottas didn't beat/crush him. He was at best similar, but more rather still behind him. Baku could/should have seen him won that race, so yeah, unfortunate, and unlucky. But even then, that happens throughout the season and let's face it, all have been rather unlucky still.
Think about this too; if the clash between Max and Danny didn't happen, would Bottas have had a real chance on the win?
Also, Lewis was rather 'scr*wed' due to a massive tactical fail on Merc's side. Hamilton should have been in front, not behind (if i recall the race correctly).
And, DannyRic would, no doubt, had there not been contact with Max and instead of T1 overtaken max, taken him in T2 - which i'm 100% sure would have been a guaranteed pass,
he would in a short time, had Bottas too. And quite frankly, i think Max would have went for it too, and probably also ended up overtaking him, but that's a lot of guessing.
Either way, i'm very unimpressed with Bottas, and much more so in Spain. Lewis had about a full pitstop on him, and Max only was 6 seconds behind him.
At the start too he was also severely unimpressive and Vettel overtook him like taking candy from a baby. Safety car restart after grosturd spin his haas like a retard, and he wasn't nowhere near making an impact or putting Vettel under pressure. It wasn't that the Ferrari was that much better or anyhting, probably vise versa. Hamilton disappeared Schumacher-style on the horizon and Bottas seemingly just sat there cruising about. Bottas only got passed Vettel due to the pitstops and Mercedes' tactics being spot on this time, whilst Ferrari's tactics were a complete miss.
Bottas didn't score 'big points' by 'talent', he scored points because others lost huge points, due to clashes, safety car situations in his favour, the team doing great tactics. That's not where the driver makes an impact, it would have been the same for anyone. Hell, that would have meant the same had ericsson been in the mercedes. Instead, Bottas shows zero hunger and zero 'fury' in his car. He's totally grey, and totally robotic. He doesn't put anybody under pressure not even himself.
And that's exactly why i think he's in danger or should be reconcidered for having the seat. He got lucked fast into the seat by the total unexpected departure of Rosberg.
One might argue Rosberg-Hamilton was a difficult mix, but Rosberg 100% is a league over Bottas. Bottas doesn't remotely put Lew under pressure, Rosberg pushes Lewis further,
and would have had more points than Bottas by now and that means he probably would be in the lead, aswell as that Merc would have more points over Ferrari,
which especially with Ferrari and Renault engines having catched up with Mercedes, talent is much more important.
For this year, Ocon is too inexperienced and needs to mature, but for 2019, i think he could very well be mature enough for a shot at a league up from Force India.
From the get-go, Ocon is fast, impressive, has great speed and skills, but is a tad loose cannon and risky but that's all down to inexperience.
Bottas to me from the get-go has been like he's now; totally grey, totally unimpressive, and in a very fast 2014 williams couldn't even make a dent into a demotivated,
aging, expiring Massa. Not talking down on Massa, but Bottas should be the young gun, and quite frankly, Bottas drives more like he's even older than Massa, Grosjean,
and even less motivated.
He needs to step up his game, but i don't think he can.
Hence i seriously think here's a chance of him being replaced for 2019 by Ocon. Except that Mercedes themselves arent risk-takers, but with more competition, it may force their hand.
Above that though, there has been some rumor, as for a long while now, that Alonso might still have a chance. I think personaly though that's only due to the small possibility Hamilton will not continue with Merc. So i'dexpect Merc to have Alonso as a replacement for Lewis, and then being forced to keep Bottas due to experience within the team. Otherwise, i'd see Bottas being replaced with Ocon, who i'm sure would push Lewis harder and i'm very much sure ocon WOULD go for a battle, Bottas, not so much.
Lastly, i'd hope seeing Alonso replace Bottas but i'm not sure about Mercedes going for a Hamilton-Alonso combo. Then again, both are much more mature now, and it's a totally different team which handles things totally different.
But to summarize; I don't think Bottas is rightly talented for giving Mercedes what they should get at all.
Dumpster sounds so much more classy. It's the diamond of the cesspools.