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Looking ahead I think it’s going to be very juicy and controversial in the next 3 races. Both MV and LH have seen points leads come and go this season. The pressure on both is intense. MV for his maiden Championship. LH for his record title. After last weekend, MV will be seriously worried.

As it stands, LH will win the title if he wins these last 3 races, 2 of which are on unknown tracks. If LH only wins 2 and MV the other, it will be MV’s championship, even if LH has fastest lap in all 3 races.

If they crash into each other and neither finishes a race, then that edges MV closer to the title. Two such events and it’s as good as MV’s championship. Obviously that assumes no points punishment/ban.

All 3 races are in the Middle East desert, so rain will not be a factor.

I think LH has to win the next race. Bottas cannot be relied upon to finish second, even in the fastest car. He does OK in qualifying and for a few race laps here and there, but rarely for the full race distance. 

Popcorn time?

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7 minutes ago, LotusLeftLotusRight said:

If they crash into each other and neither finishes a race

Seems a possibility in at least one race, if both qualify on the front row.

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I didn’t realise that RB were given permission to amend their rear wing whilst Verstappens car was in parc ferme, nor that Hamilton was fined after the race for a seat belt infringement 

https://www.planetf1.com/news/toto-wolff-mercedes-diplomacy-ended/

https://www.planetf1.com/news/max-verstappen-decision-missing-footage/

Also, according to this, Horner thinks it’s ok to tun opponents off the track provided that there I’d no contact🙄

There is also an interesting comment about the analysis of Verstappen’s steering angles after the incident🤔

https://www.planetf1.com/news/christian-horner-assessment-turn-4-clash/

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On 16/11/2021 at 08:28, Neal H said:

Verstappen is cut from the same cloth as Senna & Schumacher - Win at any cost - fair or foul. Some may view that as the mark of a great champion, something that Max will undoubtably become.

Hamilton on the other hand is the most successful in history and has achieved it while being scrupulously fair. It’s what sets him apart.

It is utterly inaccurate to place Senna in the same bucket as Schumacher, as the video record has always well established. The 1990 first corner incident was Senna giving a well earned 2 fingers up salute in response to the appallingly corrupt call on the '89 Japan GP incident. FIA regulation thoroughly stunk back in those days. Have you viewed the recent biography of Schumacher on Netflix? Shows well the distinction, where MS would routinely chop into an overtaking rival ( as, by the way, did Prost in '89 ) whereas one cannot find footage of Senna putting a foot wrong in terms of car control in any of the fabled incidents, other than that of "90.

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1 hour ago, mg4lotus said:

Mercedes also need to win the constructors championship in Toto's mind. So that will strongly influence his decision and strategy.

If Max had taken himself and Bottas out on Lap 1 then Merc would have increased their lead in the Constructors. Just saying....

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18 minutes ago, LotusLeftLotusRight said:

So it’s historically been OK to deliberately crash into a rival if that means you win the championship? As long as you only do it once! 😆

That incident in 1994 with Schumacher and Hill still makes my blood boil.

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1 hour ago, drdoom said:

It is utterly inaccurate to place Senna in the same bucket as Schumacher, as the video record has always well established. The 1990 first corner incident was Senna giving a well earned 2 fingers up salute in response to the appallingly corrupt call on the '89 Japan GP incident. FIA regulation thoroughly stunk back in those days. Have you viewed the recent biography of Schumacher on Netflix? Shows well the distinction, where MS would routinely chop into an overtaking rival ( as, by the way, did Prost in '89 ) whereas one cannot find footage of Senna putting a foot wrong in terms of car control in any of the fabled incidents, other than that of "90.

It all kicked off between Senna & Prost when they were McLaren team mates in 1988 and were fighting for the championship. Portuguese GP at Estoril Senna leading Prost. Prost gets a run on him down the pit straight and Senna deliberately tried to squeeze him into the pit wall at 180mph to try and intimidate him into backing off. Prost went on to win the race, but was livid afterwards basically saying that if Senna wanted the championship so badly that he was prepared to risk their lives, he was welcome to it.

I can’t imagine Hamilton doing that. Max on the other hand…..

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I'm getting some popcorn and cookie dough ice cream in for this one.

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