Post by keithr0 Post by ~misfit~ Post by keithr0 Post by ~misfit~ Post by keithr0 Post by Naked Fame Post by Bobster
There was an earlier call that we did hear. The team called him
and said that there was a threat from Verstappen in a fast car,
on fresher tyres and closing in on Bottas. I didn't get quite
all of it, but it certainly ended with Hamilton saying "no,
switch us back. So he could have got out of the deal but chose
to honor it.
I am in the gang who haven't always appreciated every move
Hamilton has made over his career, but what he did to Valtteri
raised my respect for him quite a bit. That was superbly
gentlemanly (if that is a word). I now have a new respect for
him - not that it matters to him, of course.
It's not exactly the first time that it has been done, Ricciardo
did exactly the same thing for Kvyat, I don't remember praise
being poured in him for that.
Was Dan in a close fight for the WDC that year?
Why should that matter?
Because it does. "Should" is a luxury for philosophers and a staple
of people with an axe to grind.
What is the reason that it does? You ask your team mate to move over
so that you can chase the guy in front and offer to give the place
back if you fail to do so. Hamilton failed to do so, so an obligation
Hamilton didn't ask Bottas to 'move over'. Please stick to the facts. Did
Hamilton suggest it to the team? Did he then say he'd give the place back if
he failed to better his position? Hamiton can't ask Bottas anything, the
radio only goes to the pits, not to Bottas.
Hamilton was much faster than Bottas at that stage of the race. If the team
hadn't arranged the swap then Hamilton would likely have tried to pass
Bottas. At that point Bottas would have had a choice, concede the place and
settle for fourth or fight his team mate and risk them both falling back
into the clutches of Verstappen. - not a good idea.
In that scenario if Hamilton had got past (which I think likely) and Bottas,
having fought him, with less rubber and fuel would have likey lost the place
to Verstappen. The other possible outcome was one or both Mercedes being
Bottas was lucky it was Hamilton behind him and the team made that deal (and
Hamilton was able to give the place back without either or both of them
being passed by Verstappen) because otherwise there wasn't much chance of
him keeping third place.
Post by keithr0 Post by ~misfit~ Post by keithr0
It's a matter of keeping your word, and fair
sportsmanship. It should be expected of anybody especially anybody
with a profile as high as Hamilton.
Right. So it *is* about who rather than what. I take it you're
absolutely disgusted at Vettel for deliberately banging wheels with
Hamilton and will never speak his name again without spitting?
No more disgusted than at Hamilton running Rosberg off the track.
"Humans will have advanced a long, long way when religious belief has a cozy
little classification in the DSM*."
David Melville (in r.a.s.f1)
(*Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders)