foxmulder_ms wrote: ↑
Tue Dec 08, 2020 1:16 am
ringo wrote: ↑
Mon Dec 07, 2020 8:18 pm
I feel bad for bottas, but i wont say from this one race that russel is the better driver. Russel was on a high for this race, and Bottas let Russel get into his head and he fluffed the race. The fear of being compared, and possibly the pressure for him to try and blow russel out of the water is what done him in.
I would like to see both race again for abudahbi, this time with bottas being his usual cool coffee sipping self.
He did poorly this race, poorer than usual. Russel did what he had to do, but at the same time i do think Bottas would have caught him. This race is akin to so many new kids on the block races like hamilton vs alonso, vettel vs riciardo, etc. The incumbent usually lets the new guy with nothing to lose get inside his head and end up performing worse than they should.
Russel did a very good start and raced really well *but* he couldn't shake Bottas. Bottas was within 2-3 seconds all the time then undercut worked 3-4 labs to increase the delta to 8 seconds. And when he passed Bottas during the race, Bottas was on 20 labs older hard vs new mediums so it was expected. Frankly, I don't understand why people are hyped this much either for or against him.
Even Toto and Bottas' own race engineer knocked Bottas' performance.
Wolff: "I need to talk with [Valtteri] and his crew – but yeah, he did not shine today."
Bottas' race engineer: "We need to be a lot better than this."
That surprised me, because Toto usually protects Bottas after poor performances. That's the harshest I've seen Toto speak about Bottas publicly.
I agree that being stuck on the old Hard tires made Bottas' performance look worse, but Bottas' bottled the start for a second consecutive week. That's becoming a trend. He also couldn't switch on the tires after the Safety Car. In general, poor race starts and poor tire management in the race are becoming trends.
I've been the first to credit Bottas for his ability to consistently stay close (and sometimes finish ahead) in quali. Those performances cannot be diminished. But after several years, he hasn't made the progress I expected in the race.
And it's not just Russell's performance in isolation that was impressive, it was the context of coming in on short notice, having to learn the car, not fitting in the car (no proper seat, no proper boots, being battered by the cockpit, etc.), and performing at that level on a brand new track (despite the obstacles), that made it so impressive.
Bottas could've wiped the floor with George in qualifying and nailed the race start and no one would be having these conversations, but he squandered a golden opportunity to step in and take over the team.