Kubica reserve role will make Williams more competitive – Stroll

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Does Bottas have a realistic chance of winning the world championship this year?

Hamilton is one of the best drivers of all time, we all know that, and that kind of talent is hard to beat. That being said, Bottas winning the world championship isn’t an unlikely scenario. Good form on his part, a couple of DNFs for Hamilton and other racers taking points of Hamilton at key races could swing it for him.
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  • 31 comments on “Kubica reserve role will make Williams more competitive – Stroll”

    1. Roth Man (@rdotquestionmark)
      18th February 2018, 1:05

      Regarding COTD………… No! Bottas isn’t world champion material, no matter how theoretically possible it is.

      1. If someone like Lewis Hamilton could do it, Bottas can do it for sure.

        1. Not sure what you mean, nathan, if hamilton (one who makes the top 10 best drivers list) can do it, surely bottas can too? Weird!

          But I think bottas could well reach rosberg’s level, so might win a title in the right circumstances.

          1. He simply means that with the right car, most F1 drivers can be WC. Rosberg proved that, but of course the Lewis lovers will make the reliability argument which is valid of course. But looking at Lewis vs. Rosberg from 14, 15 and 16, even if Rosberg didn’t win the WC. They are fairly matched. In 2014, the Championship was decided on the last race, in 2015, Rosberg was hit with a lot of engine troubles but recovered to the end of the season though a bit too late, in 2016 Lewis was hit with reliability problems but Rosberg handled it well and calculated. Lewis just get a step further unlike Lewis vs. Bottas. So yes, Bottas is no championship material and Bottas’ performance just make Rosberg performance even more credible.

            I hope next year Merc signed Ricciardo, Hulk or Sainz.

            1. Roth Man (@rdotquestionmark)
              18th February 2018, 9:43

              I think a lot of people underestimate Nico. He was exceptionally fast all his career and probably the most intelligent driver of them all. Cannot see Valterri getting to Nico’s level.

            2. There were reliability issues on Lewis’s part in 2016, but I agree on Nico’s ability – I think that overall 2 titles for Lewis and 1 for Nico is a fair result for their time in dominant Mercedes cars.

            3. I love how people rewrite 2014.

              Actually Hamilton had all the engine troubles all year long.

              It was only the one sided reliability that kept it close until finally Rosberg had trouble in Singapore.

              For absolute clarity – it is not close when someone wins 11 races to your five. Or 10 to your four.

              In fact oddly Rosberg never won more than half the races of Hamilton from 014 on until last year when he still won one fewer despite a head start as it were.

              He certainly inherited a few though.

      2. Bottas isn’t bad for a number 2 driver, thats it, he ain’t winning jack.

      3. If Rosberg can manage it then so can Botas, it is unlikely but not impossible.

      4. Bottas won the last race fair and square, if he can replicate that form consistently whilst being in a front running car then there is no reason why he could not win the Driver’s World Championship.

      5. I disagree, when Bottas joined Mercedes I expected him to do well, and finishing the season third proves he is a very good driver. He had only one retirement for the season, which was second best of the drivers who competed at every GP, only beaten by Hamilton. Bottas’ worst result aside from retirements was a 6th place, which is equal to what Ricciardo did, one better than what Vettel and Raikkonen did, and three better than what Hamilton did. Bottas is very capable of winning a World Drivers Championship. There is an unknown element in that we don’t know how influential the team were in deciding those results.
        If one looks at the “mode” statistic, the most frequent race result, for last season Hamilton’s is 1, Bottas and Vettel have 2, and Ricciardo and Raikkonen have 3. Again, Bottas is a very good driver, he was simply beaten by better drivers. Expect Bottas to finish this season close to the top of the World Drivers Championship results.

      6. @rdotquestionmark

        Bottas might not be a once in a generation talent, but he’s definitely a race winner and a consistent driver. I actually don’t think he’s that different from Rosberg.

        Rosberg drove an incredibly consistent season. He picked up points whenever Lewis faltered and maximized his chances at races where he was genuinely quicker than Hamilton. But most importantly he got incredibly lucky with all the mechanical problems that plagued Lewis.

        If Bottas gets the similar level of luck that Rosberg got in 2016, he has a genuine shot at the title

        1. Roth Man (@rdotquestionmark)
          19th February 2018, 12:19

          @todfod I just think he’s a good number two personally. Rubens and DC won the odd race on merit but over the course of a season it balances out. 2016 was the exception to the rule but Nico was close to Lewis generally, whereas I don’t think Valterri is.

    2. Yes Lance. But putting him in the race seat instead of you would, on paper, likely be even more of a boost, without taking his dad’s millions into account (heh), of course.

    3. Let me tell u,stroll. Replacing u with kubrica will make Williams much and much more competitive.

    4. Regarding COTD: Yes, he can win the Championship if he can avoid underperforming to the same extent as he did last season and if the circumstances are right.

      1. Jere
        I am starting to think the Bottas under performing last season stitch is a tad overdone. I mean, what exactly did we expect from him? Dropped into a race winning car for the 1st time in his career, new team, with a multi world champion winning driver as your team mate. I think he did OK. The fact that he was signed for just this season says Mercedes expected more from him. I think he knows he needs to be closer to Lewis for most of the season, not just the 1st half to get a contract extension. As for been a potential world champion, yes, but, he need to be starting in 2nd next to Lewis most of the time, to pick up wins when Lewis messes his starts and not be in 3rd or 4th. His target should be 2nd or ahead of Vettel at a minimum. Nico proved Lewis is beatable when you play the numbers game. If Bottas can do that for 10-15 of the races this year, then yea, he can potentially be in position to win the world championship as the point difference might not be too big later in the season.

    5. For Bottas to have a chance to win a world championship, Mercedes need the performance advantage they had 2014-16.

      1. Vettel fan 17 (@)
        18th February 2018, 9:48

        Agree. Even if Hamilton had engine troubles last year, Vettel would have beaten Bottas.

        1. Vettel fan 17
          Good point. For Bottas, Vettel must be his target. Anything else would be a bonus. Oh, and he going to have to become more aggressive because when he comes up against Vettel and Lewis or Vestappen, they are not going to give an inch in any fight.

    6. I don’t quite see how Kubica having a role as a reserve driver would definitely help Williams more than if Massa had this role. I mean Massa has been in F1 since 2002. 16 years. And he was in F1 at Wiliams last year. I don’t know how Kubica could do a better job than Massa in this area. Kubica was last in F1 over 7 years ago. He may have done a lot relating to it, but I can’s see him having Massa’s knowledge of the latest F1 cars. Of course, as I say to others when they don’t like the decisions from teams, I suppose they will have their reasons as to why everything is the way it is.

      1. Don’t recall hearing of FM as a potential reserve driver for this year at Williams. I don’t imagine that would have been a role he’d have been interested in.

    7. I question Kubica’s motivation to help the driver that was chosen in his stead, especially when he’s been saying he could hardly watch F1 without him in it.

      I guess he thinks his real chance at a drive is to prove he’s better at doing setup work and figuring out car issues, but likely he will just become indispensable in the role, and nothing will be able to beat a good pay-driver at Williams.

      1. You actually think RK would have a grudge against Sirotkin and therefore not help him? First of all I doubt he has that kind of nonsense in him, secondly he wouldn’t even be able to prevent info the team gains from his reserve work from getting to the drivers, and third, if he tried he’d be canned.

        1. @robbie, not only would it probably get him kicked out of Williams if he did deliberately try to hinder Sirotkin, it would probably also heavily damage his reputation within the sport and destroy any vestigial hopes he might have of trying to race in F1 again. Why, after all, would a team want to hire a driver if they feared that he might act in a malicious manner?

        2. It was a question about motivation, not about not wanting to help or deliberately trying to hinder.

    8. I saw Grosjeans tweet about the new helmet and thought it looked really good. Then I realized it was only the bottom layer..

      1. @mahuu I had exactly the same experience! I thought ‘wow, that’s an interesting colour, simple and quite beautiful’… then all the other bits got added!

    9. Joakim Jarnstrom
      19th February 2018, 0:09

      Does Bottas have a realistic chance of winning the world championship this year?

      For certain Bottas have a realistic chance, if the other option is a theoretical chance. All the top team drivers have realistic chanses, at least in preseason speculation before we know what kind of cars the teams have made. Drivers like Marcus Eriksson and reserve drivers like Kubica have theoretical chances.

    10. To Lance… Making Kubica the race driver and you the reserve role will make Williams more competitive.

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