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On 17/11/2021 at 16:36, mg4lotus said:

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

Classically the teams have always favoured winning the constructor's championship over the driver's championship as the constructors champ is what decides the prize money.  While neither RB or Merc necessarily need the extra prize money from winning as apposed to coming 2nd, its all about prestige and being "the best" for them.  I get the impression that getting the constructors champ means more to Merc than it does to RB.  I think RB are all in with Max (its really "Team Max" rather than RB) to such an extent I can totally see RB using Perez as a pawn to mess up Hamilton's day so Max can win the drivers champ sacrificing the constructors champ for RB.  I don't think Merc would do that.

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Massi, The Stewards and the FIA are killing the integrity of the sport. If it ever really had any.

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Merc should offer free engines to any of the teams that use them to push Max (unintentionally of course) off the track. And replace Bottas now - anyone on here volunteer....

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Yup. Game on. If I was Toto I'd be telling Bottas to get his elbows out.

Was anyone actually surprised by this decision?  F1 is becoming a joke and quite honestly I cannot see any credible way they can defend this decision based on the decisions and penalties they have already dished out this year.

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6 minutes ago, C8RKH said:

Yup. Game on. If I was Toto I'd be telling Bottas to get his elbows out.

Even if he did, can't see Bottas doing this, perhaps he fancies a stint at RB before he really retires.

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Well thats a load of crap from F1!   I was expecting an investigation into the incident at the very least and hopefully a penalty for Max.  But for them to look at the video and claim nothing further needed doing ... ?

Well I guess that at least puts an end to the lawyers and they can get on with racing again!

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6 minutes ago, Neal H said:

Clearly I don’t understand F1’s ‘rules’.

It feels like there is only 1 rule for this year. Max must win the WDC!  Remember he is no spring chicken anymore and after 7 years. Funny everyone regards him as a "young driver" but he has been around now for 7 years....   That is why F1 has decided Max must win. There are 7 current F1 drivers who are younger than Max, soon to be 8!  Not yet 25, I believe he has the longest period of "seat" time of all drivers under 25.

When you look at it, I struggle to see where the hype comes from, the results just have not been there. What has been there is "excitement" as he risks his own and others drivers with "hard" racing tactics, usually questionable in its legality, but he usually gets away with it, unlike any of the other drivers.

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1 hour ago, electro_boy said:

Well I guess that at least puts an end to the lawyers and they can get on with racing again!

I wouldn't count on that... RB have now challenged Mercedes rear wing and asked for a review, so I think the lawyers are back

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