I think Bottas is underrated by many because he has the misfortune to have Hamilton as a team-mate. That said, he does seem to be in a bit of a downward spiral performance-wise. He hasn't beaten Verstappen on-track for nine races.
I don't. He was specifically chosen so as not to be too competitive with Lewis. Toto didn't want any more Nico-Lewis-2016 situations again, so he chose a replacement for Nico that would make it easy for Lewis to walk away with subsequent titles. They had plenty of chances to get Lewis a more competitive teammate, with Ocon and Russell but decided to pass on that. As such, if Valtteri's uselessness costs them the WCC, my sympathies will be very limited.
Make no mistake, I do want the bloke to do well: I can't stand Max and I'm sick of Lewis' domination, but rooting for Valtteri seems like a lost cause most of the time. His luck is comically bad.
I do not think if Bottas is winning the race and has the pace that Mercedes is going to have him yield to Hamilton on a regular basis (Sochi 2018 was an exception).
Yes they will. Making Lewis - a driver associated more strongly with Mercedes than any other driver is with a manufacturer - a 9X champion is far more valuable to the company than a couple of wins for Bottas.
If you do want to keep the other teams, how cheap should F1 get? If someone wanted to join but could only pony up $50m, should the cap now be $50m? How about $30m? $5m?
Noone is wanting to join, so the questions are completely pointless.
Verstappen's reaction in the tunnel was priceless when his engineer told him that Leclerc hit the barrier.
He has anger management issues.
This post was delayed out of sheer boredom. What an appallingly boring "race" that was.
It’s Monaco, what did you expect? Unless someone crashes, this race is always decided in qualifying.
You gotta be there.
TBH I didn't actually find the race too bad, but maybe that's because I was excited about Carlos getting his first Ferrari podium. The TV direction was absolutely awful though.
Mercedes says Bottas stopped short of his mark and that caused the gun to be used at an angle, shearing off the ridges of the nut.
And Lewis was fairly quick to throw the team under the bus in one of the post race interviews. I'm loving how quickly the "no-blame" culture at Mercedes got thrown out the window once they had a serious championship challenge. Seems a bit ridiculous to blame Bottas for that pitstop.
While I like Ocon since he joined Racing Point a while back and consider him putting in strong and consistent performances for Alpine, I feel putting back Alonso in that car is a huge mistake. I would have much rather seen a young driver from F2, or Kevin Magnussen in that seat. Alonso seemed to be a overly-conservative and cautious decision. And one that is not paying back.
Magnussen would be a good choice, as would someone from the Renault Academy like Lundgaard or Zhou. Not that I want them to have signed him, but I'm also really curious about how Daniil Kvyat would do outside of the Red Bull program.
Magnussen didn't get on well with Cyril though.
Go back to the Monaco qualifying and Verstappen was livid when Leclerc crashed and he yells at his engineers just as much as Hamilton does.
Disagree. Verstappen is far angrier and louder - he even caused the diplomatic incident with Mongolia last year after using a racial slurr on the radio. Dan Ticktum probably looks up to him.
Hamilton did smartly say this was a marathon, then went for the sprint and lost.
Kinda reminds me of what he said at one of the pre-race interviews at Abu Dhabi 2016. He has a good poker face and sounded very sincere!
Who will replace Bottas at Mercedes? Norris?
Ocon has seniority in the Mercedes program. But I think Alpine (rightly - from their POV) wants to keep him.