Toto will no longer be Bottas's manager if he gets the drive. Lauda and a few others have pointed out the conflict of interest.Next year we have a Valtteri Bottas versus Lewis Hamilton thread to look forward to. And just to get this in early, "well, Toto is Bottas' manager so he's bound to get preferential treatment isn't he!"
Yea, practise, that's practise. Remember all the races prior to Spa when Hamilton had to save engines at all cost?racecub you forgot to add the two engines that he got for free giving him an advantage in that he could push them harder (remember Rosberg being told in free practice at Brazil(?) that he should not try a fast lap to save his engine). Malaysia was by no means a dead cert for Hamilton, the reason that I included that earlier is because so many say that was where he lost the WDC.
Yep, absolutely right. Reliability is part of the game and Hamilton lost out. And he gained at Monaco by the Red Bull screw up and Risberg being too slow.And Monaco was only won by Hamilton because Rosberg let him past and Red Bull screwed up Ricciardo's pitstop.
But in the end the points counts as they were at the official finish results.
There's lots of seasons which have been influenced by mechanical issues. That's a part of motorsports. Now with the almost bulletproof reliability some people seem to think it shouldn't be so anymore, but it still is.
Nico's luck was really riding high for him, as a result of Lewis's engine detonating at Malaysia, while Hamilton seemingly was on to a comfortable win. As Toto Wolff said, " This year, clearly, Malaysia cost Lewis the championship. It's clear>".
I've not failed to take Rosberg's position into account, but iVe also looked at how he got into that position, it wasn't exactly by out driving Hamilton, it was because he had the most luck. That's ok, that's the way things go, this is F1..
Yes all ifs and buts, and fun to speculate on them.It doesn't make Rosberg a less worthy, undeserved or lucky champion. That Hamilton has had bad luck, still means that Rosberg had to get points. It's not like they just fell into his lap.
Although maybe you could say that, the Mercedes being so dominant. but then Hamilton was just as lucky the past few years to be in that car. Without it, he wouldn't have been a triple worldchampion now.
Edit: imagine Hamilton had stayed at McLaren. Rosberg might have been a triple WDC now. Or maybe he would have retired after his first, and Mercedes would have had three different WDC in three years.