langedweil wrote: ↑
Mon Oct 31, 2022 1:11 am
rifrafs2kees wrote: ↑
Mon Oct 31, 2022 12:12 am
ispano6 wrote: ↑
Mon Oct 31, 2022 12:00 am
You could say Mercedes lost last year's finale with the same mistake as this race: Wrong tyre choice. Mercedes has shown that being conservative has gotten the better of them, or maybe it's a fault of being too sure of themselves. Whether it's the risk of track position or being on faster tires, Mercedes seems to just make the wrong call.
Categorically terrible example to make your point. Redbull would've done the contrary move, thereby earned track position. Moreover, how would merc have known that only a subset of unlapped cars would be let through, i.e. schoolboy mistake?
They were objectively cheated out of the championship. End of story.
No .. and this sits wrong in the UK mindset; at the moment the SC came out, no one could have known how soon the car could have been cleared. No one. You could guess and opt to stay out for track position (typical conservative MB thinking), but if it would clear faster you just simply made the wrong choice.
Thát is what happened .. Masi got killed for it, but it was their own choice of options.
Never understood why they gave it away, as even with those old tires Ver could only barely pass .. Ham would have held easily with equal tires.
So anyway, in that sense imho Ispano is right ...
What you describe is farfetched.
Let's assume Hamilton had pitted for fresh boots, and Verstappen stayed out to earn track position. Had Masi conducted the restart fairly, there would've been one of 3 possible outcomes:
1. Race resumes with one lap left, with one or more back markers between Hamilton and Verstappen, whose tires would not have been as bad as what Hamilton just discarded.
2. Race restarts after ALL back markers unlap, meaning race does not resume.
3. Race is red flagged and everybody takes on new or newish tires. Except, Verstappen would have track position by virtue of staying out during safety car period.
In summary, Masi screwed Merc, nothing new. The only mistake on Merc's part was keeping Bottas for so long. Russell should've been handed the seat immediately after showing up Bottas. Russell'd have made life more difficult for Verstappen and red bull pit board, the exact opposite of Bottas, who was nowhere on Sundays. Heck, he dropped like a rock again today. I like the guy but his race pace, racecraft, and ability to handle traffic is atrocious.