Only the 2.1 second MONSTER stop
from the team on Bottas saved him from the same problem.
This isn’t the first time Williams have shot themselves in the leg – I mentioned before how Bottas was nailed out of a potential podium in Spain by running longer than Daniel Ricciardo and then losing out heavily on the undercut, and then in Canada where Massa could have had an easy win if he 1-stopped instead of 2 knowing Perez would back up the faster attackers while Rosberg was crippled.
Don’t get me wrong, I understand why they did it, they were gifted a golden carrot of a front row lockout, and knowing they had the fastest cars in the field in a straight line, played it safe and took the 27 points for an easy 3rd and 4th, but I can’t help but shake the feeling of; “Screw it, grab those Mercs by the nuts and freaking go for it!”
Pit stops, conspiracy theories, Lewis Hamilton and you
A lot of people have been drawing attention to the close finish and have come up with the theory of Lewis Hamilton missing out on the win because his pit stops were slower than Nico’s, even to the point where some were suggesting that Mercedes were doing this on purpose to favour Rosberg. Why? Because German driver, German team, y’know?
Now, I hate even entertaining conspiracy theories at the best of times, but for this one, I’m going to humour it.
What people fail to realize, is that Hamilton overshot the pit box on his 1st stop, losing that precious second that Sky seem to think cost him the win, as his team had to readjust to fit his overshot car.
As for the the possibility of bias, first of all, you should all love Mercedes… They’ve already publicly said they do NOT issue Team Orders, and they’ve always felt they have a moral duty to entertain the fans by letting their drivers race. They push super hard for BOTH their drivers and I’ve never seen any evidence to suggest otherwise…
…And for those mentioning Rosberg having constantly better pit stops, there’s not a single factual argument that suggests the team would be doing this on purpose. It’s just coincidence. Why? Because the pit crews are human beings too, they’re not going to be consistent, ever, because human error is the only constant. Robot’s don’t carry out the stops; which would cancel out said error.
I’m not denying Hamilton’s stops denied him a better chance of winning, but to flat out say it cost him the win yesterday is just plain silly. Especially