That's how I see it too, Phil. A lot of people are saying that Vettel and Leclerc will take points away from each other, and it will probably happen. But if they are in front of Mercedes it won't make much difference. Verstappen, on the other hand, might just get in there and make it rain on Mercedes' parade.Phil wrote: ↑Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:55 amI see Verstappen playing the dark horse too. But not with Vettel, but rather with Hamilton. This is building on the presumption that Ferrari is quicker and crucially has that edge in qualifying. This will result in Vettel starting ahead of Hamilton more often than not, which will give him that buffer towards Verstappen. Verstappen of course will be as aggressive as ever and IMO this will hurt whoever will not be starting on pole or the first row.Manoah2u wrote: ↑Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:57 pmMercedes is still very strong and fast. Bottas will be Hammy's wingman again, no doubt.
Ferrari is possibly faster than Mercedes, but they were in 2018 too and they ruined those chances too. LeClerc will be fast and battle Vettel, which will take points away from Vettel's chances where Bottas bows.
Meanwhile RedBull is also right up there, and Verstappen is fast, but the Honda engine is still lacking just a bit, and he's gonna be in fights with Vettel which will result in crashes and thus Hamilton and LeClerc will happily take the points.
Crazy thought experiment time.
I think that if Leclerc is actually leading the championship in that kind of scenario, then no, I don’t believe they’ll move him it of the way. But, if the roles are reversed - I.e. only a short way through the season and Vettel ahead, albeit in far from an insurmountable way - then yes, I think they will move Leclerc to maximise the lead over the competition.Just_a_fan wrote: ↑Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:06 pmCrazy thought experiment time.
Leclerc takes pole for the first three races and wins two of them, coming second to Vettel in the other race, Vettel having snagged Hamilton (or Verstappen etc) in one of the races and had a DNF comes second to Leclerc in the other race. Do Ferrari shovel Leclerc out of the way to help Vettel if, at the fourth race, Leclerc is leading the race and topping the championship points table with 68 points to Vettel's 43 points?
Would Ferrari want to deal with the massive negative publicity in such a situation?
Villeneuve, Irvine after Schumachers mishap and Massa in ‘08.
Most number 2s were simply not fast enough. If Leclerc is faster in qualifying more often than not, i fail to see how he will be demoted or forced to be the defacto number 2. Same applies to Bottas; if he wants to have the full support by the team, he will need to earn that by beating Hamilton when it counts. If he fails to do that, then he will have to live with the occasional team order.
Assuming that each team provide excatly the same car for both drivers... if you know what i mean.Phil wrote: ↑Wed Mar 06, 2019 2:46 pmMost number 2s were simply not fast enough. If Leclerc is faster in qualifying more often than not, i fail to see how he will be demoted or forced to be the defacto number 2. Same applies to Bottas; if he wants to have the full support by the team, he will need to earn that by beating Hamilton when it counts. If he fails to do that, then he will have to live with the occasional team order.