El Scorchio wrote: ↑
Tue Sep 01, 2020 1:44 pm
Also, do they win the WCC all those times without Hamilton? There's chance they may not, and do they win WDC in 2017 and 2018?
Not perfect, but maybe we can look at who came in 2nd place behind him these years:
2019 - Bottas (Merc) 87 points behind Ham, 48 ahead Vers
2018 - Vettel (Ferrari) 88 points behind Ham, 69 ahead Rai
2017 - Vettel (Ferrari) 46 behind Ham, 12 ahead Bot
2016 - Ham (Merc) so I guess this counts as a Merc win. Ham 5 points behind Ros, 124 ahead of Ric
2015 - Rosberg (Merc) 59 behind Ham, 44 ahead of Vet
2014 - Rosberg (Merc) 67 behind Ham, 79 ahead of Ric
So it looks like without Ham, the WDC would have gone to Vettel for 2017 and 2018. Bottas probably wouldn't have gotten the WDC since Vettel would likely be ahead based on the points disparity (2017 would be close).
Kinda shows how good Rosberg is against Bottas IMO. 2014-2016 were basically Mercedes 1-2 on the WDC. Bottas only got 2nd through on 2019. Maybe the competition was closer the past 3 seasons, but Bottas being just 3rd on 2017, and 5th in 2018 just doesn't look that good.