11 Sep 2021 07:48:13
Anyone think Bottas having to change his power unit and start from the back of the sprint race is Mercedes punishing him for trying to get the fastest lap last time out? It does seem a huge coincidence and it, of course, puts Hamilton pole. Just seems like them sticking the middle finger back up to him for disobeying instructions.

1.) 11 Sep 2021
11 Sep 2021 16:04:19
Possibly Ed 1 but its just backfired on them.

{Ed001's Note - it was such a crap sprint race. I nearly nodded off. What a waste of time.}

2.) 11 Sep 2021
11 Sep 2021 16:09:42
Have to agree there no better than the one at Silverstone. Maybe they should do 1 lap on electric scooters instead.

{Ed001's Note - the format isn't working as the tyres just don't have time to go off, so there is no chance to try and use a strategy.}

3.) 11 Sep 2021
11 Sep 2021 16:25:32
Maybe they could add another DRS but they said on commentary the systems won't allow to happen. Also could they just use scrubbed tyre's that won't last. Not to sure what will help other than scrap the thing altogether.

{Ed001's Note - the DRS doesn't really work there anyway. Tyres is the only thing that seems to bring any kind of racing in, but that shouldn't be needed for a race to take place.}

4.) 11 Sep 2021
11 Sep 2021 16:48:57
Maybe next year with the re-design of the cars, will hopefully make a difference. Although i woild think after a few races Merc and Red Bull will just pull away from rest. let's hope Russell is better than Bottas or Perez has been this season.

{Ed001's Note - Russell is clearly better than Bottas, but whether that is enough to challenge Hamilton or not is the big question.}

5.) 11 Sep 2021
11 Sep 2021 17:04:21
Agreed Ed. Do you think Hamilton will sign again after his current deal runs out. If not let's hope Russell can stay with Verstappen, otherwise it might go back to the Schumacher years which i stopped watching until Hamilton came along.

{Ed001's Note - that is a good question, hard to tell with Hamilton as he has nothing left to really aim for. The only thing that will keep him going is if the racing is good I think. Top sportspeople thrive on competition.}

6.) 11 Sep 2021
11 Sep 2021 18:34:53
The sprint races are far better than fp3 lol.

{Ed001's Note - it is hard to understand how F1 was allowed to fall so far that every moment of running in practice is not vital for improving set up.}

7.) 12 Sep 2021
12 Sep 2021 05:51:31
The sprint was boring no doubt. Hopefully with next years cars, and possible sprints being single separate events, it would improve.
Its seems only pit stops and tyre strategy will make monza interesting. Seems really difficult to overtake.
Re: Bottas, i don't think they would punish him for trying fastest lap. It would only disadvantage them wouldn't it? He's not really very good on sundays when he gets stuck in midfield, so it would be useless for WCC.

{Ed001's Note - that's a good point.}

8.) 12 Sep 2021
12 Sep 2021 09:43:10
The pu was tactical take the hit, get pole in qualy, let Hamilton through during the sprint, block verstappen, then Hamilton threw those plans out the window.

{Ed001's Note - that seems the most likely.}