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Re: Is it just me
Posted by: Mikef1
Date: 04/09/2018 10:31
Vettel is Rosberg/Button-tier, not Alonso/Hamilton-tier. That has been clear for quite a while.

Agreed. For what it's worth I think he's sub that level too. I think Bottas would destroy Vettel Ricciardo style

I know it's easy to look at Bottas last few races and say he's @#$%& but most of the previous races I can remember since Austria his race has been compromised by Mercedes. He was actually fairly quick in Monza and if he'd have cleared Max when Max was playing bumper cars he likely had the pace for P2 as he was the fastest car on track prior to catching Verstappen.

I wouldn't put Bottas on Rosberg/Button's level since he hasn't been able to give Hamilton a run for his money like the other two. But you have a point in that Vettel might not even be on Rosberg/Button's level either - just compare his performances vs Kimi against Alonso's and then Button's against Alonso/Hamilton and Rosberg's vs Hamilton.

At the start of the season we saw a fast Bottas. It's his bad luck early on and now fighting Ferrari for Hamilton's sake that has broken his spirit. I think he had the potential for a far better season than he's had. As I say, I know guys at Mercedes who believe there is usually less than a tenth between the two. Being stuck behind Verstappen didn't really help him prove his case, he may well have been able to fight alongside Kimi and Hamilton this weekend.

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