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The decision by Mercedes to run mediums in Q2 yesterday paid off in spades today, meant they could run longer in the first stint and allowed them to capitalise when the VSC was deployed.

Sure, Hamilton is incredibly lucky but they made their own luck with that bold call.
 

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Dan's race was over when he signed for Renault last year
Verstappen is making everyone else look terrible and he has shown he is faster then Hulkenberg.

Red bull ain't winning a world title with Honda next year and Leclerc is probably the only locked in driver post next year in the big teams.

Better off getting paid a fortune to drive for Renault then watching his career disappear at red bull.imo.
 

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The decision by Mercedes to run mediums in Q2 yesterday paid off in spades today, meant they could run longer in the first stint and allowed them to capitalise when the VSC was deployed.

Sure, Hamilton is incredibly lucky but they made their own luck with that bold call.
They planned for Vettel to be shitty with his own team and park in a place where a safety car would come out?
 

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Better off getting paid a fortune to drive for Renault then watching his career disappear at red bull.imo.
I doubt many F1 drivers have that sort of mentality. Most of them (the good ones at least) are hyper competitive
 

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Who'd have thought Sky would get less biased towards Mercedes with Di Resta as co-commentator? o_O
 

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I doubt many F1 drivers have that sort of mentality. Most of them (the good ones at least) are hyper competitive
He is hyper competitive and he correctly decided red bull wasn't going to challenge Ferrari and Mercedes for a world title before the 2021 changes and then a bunch of seats might open up at both Ferrari and Mercedes.

If Leclerc is comfortably ahead of Vettel next year he will retire or move and they aren't giving that seat to gov. If Ferrari is winning the world title Hamilton could easily retire and if Daniel is beating Ocon Mercedes #1 replacement options open up there as well.
 

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why are they pretending the mercs havent been dominant all season still? your number 1 driver has a 70 point gap to your 2nd driver. ferrari had a little resurgence for the first time in what, a year?

bizarre team are mercedes.
 

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They planned for Vettel to be s**tty with his own team and park in a place where a safety car would come out?
Mercedes were slower than Ferrari all weekend, rather than doing the same thing as them and losing in a straight fight, they put mediums on them in Q2 and hoped for the best. A different strategy didn't pay off in Singapore, but it paid off here.

That's F1.
 

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Mercedes were slower than Ferrari all weekend, rather than doing the same thing as them and losing in a straight fight, they put mediums on them in Q2 and hoped for the best. A different strategy didn't pay off in Singapore, but it paid off here.

That's F1.
It should have backfired miserably, they would have ended up 20+ seconds off the pace without Vettel stopping. Mercedes don't really need to be taking these risks, both championships are done.

Literally only a 5 lap window it would have worked in as Ferrari would have again been too close before long.

Could have got the same result starting on softs and just reacting to Vettel's stop.
 

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It should have backfired miserably, they would have ended up 20+ seconds off the pace without Vettel stopping. Mercedes don't really need to be taking these risks, both championships are done.

Literally only a 5 lap window it would have worked in as Ferrari would have again been too close before long.

Could have got the same result starting on softs and just reacting to Vettel's stop.
*wears tin foil hat*

Russell was always going to crash when he did with his problem. ;)

Sorry late edit: But they really didn't risk anything. They had options. The Red Bulls were no threat due to grid penalties and just finishing 3-4 would have been good enough to keep the lead.
 

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*wears tin foil hat*

Russell was always going to crash when he did with his problem. ;)

Sorry late edit: But they really didn't risk anything. They had options. The Red Bulls were no threat due to grid penalties and just finishing 3-4 would have been good enough to keep the lead.
Max only started in 9th they just lacked the pace to get through the midfield quickly otherwise it would have cost them 3rd.

Russell probably lucky that was behind the vsc, that could have been nasty at full speed.
 

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