Post by Bobster Post by Edmund Post by Bobster Post by Edmund
Well a speed trap isn't telling the whole story but I guess you did not
hear Ham asking -and getting- for more power did you?
Teams an certainly Mercedes can and will do such things no matter what
they say in public. We otoh can only guess which car has more power
then the other.
Why is it a problem that he asked to use a more powerful mode? As long
as it's not illegal, what is the problem?
I didn't say there is a problem, my reaction is about the
" it didn't help Bottas much".
ok. Got that.
Some googling reveals a couple of things. One is that Bottas was having a problem with traction out of La Source.
"I could see when I was behind Kimi that out of the last corner and out of Turn 1 I was definitely losing out on traction quite a bit."
Another is that on the restart, Ricciardo had the ultra softs, whilst Bottas only had softs. OK... same situation as with Hamilton and Vettel, but Hamilton didn't have the traction problem, got that extra squirt and Vettel was actually able to press him really hard.
And so my point is proven.
The OP wrote something along the lines of "any chump could keep Vettel
behind with that engine advantage". The bottom line being that even with
that advantage, there were other factors (such as Bottas' issue with low
grip out of La Source) which were in play. Who knows, the low grip issue
could be because of the way Bottas used his tyres vs the way Hamilton used
Bottom line is that, even with a paddock-accepted engine advantage in the
Merc, it's not just about the power, its about using it (and being able to
use it) well. Whether or not Bottas got any more use of special buttons
compared to Hamilton is complete speculation, but on the basis that I'm
sure they'd prefer a 1-3 compared to the 1-5 that Merc got, I'd expect if
there was a higher power mode available, Bottas had equal use of it - after
all, who's engine protection is more important - Ham or Bot?