All very interesting but isn't supported by the facts. The inconvenient facts like they let Bottas win races and that they give Bottas priority treatment on the occasions that he is leading the race. These facts are what makes Hamilton do things like run longer on tyres than the team want him to in order to get the lead. He is forced to try strategies on the fly precisely because he doesn't get prioritised over Bottas.Mogster wrote: ↑Thu Nov 19, 2020 8:08 pmLacking a bit of race pace means team orders normally aren’t an issue, Merc can legitimately prioritise Hamilton in the race and he can do his thing unmolested while Bottas falls naturally into position as rear gunner. The situation is absolutely perfect for Mercedes.
If Mercedes were prioritising Hamilton, they'd have made Bottas let him through in Austria to nullify the time penalty Hamilton received from the Albon incident. Instead, Bottas was allowed to win and Hamilton left to lose points.
The simple fact is that Hamilton doesn't need Mercedes to give him special treatment.