Valtteri’s Choice Will Reveal All For The 2020 Championship
The Spanish Grand Prix start will tell us all we need to know about the title battle raging at Mercedes – or lack thereof… at least at the moment.
The run up to turn 1 is notoriously long – and much like Sochi, it’s dependent on the slip streams available. DRS won’t be available for a few laps of course but good old fashioned aerodynamics are well in bounds as drivers will use the long straight away and abnormally close conditions at the start to draft. Which presents us with an opportunity at the Spanish Grand Prix start line:
Will Bottas take the tow and attempt a pass on Lewis into turn 1 or will Merc defend together holding 1-2 for the greater good of Mercedes?
I’m drawn to the chaos of Formula 1 coupled with I feel Valtteri may be harboring some bitterness from the previous round so I’m very tempted to say he’ll go for the pass. It’s what we all want to see.
They’ll pull major G tomorrow but mostly in T3. Reasonable to assume Mercedes have solved enough tyre drama since last round and are aided by the tyre strain relief they’ll get for tomorrow’s Round 6 at Circuit de Catalunya.
But the fact remains that if The Silver Arrows choose to fly together as a pair and defend against Verstappen likely opting for the outside of turn 1 so he can set up a seamless transition into the flick-back left, we’ll know that Valtteri is willing to do whatever he needs to for Mercedes. While that’s the kind of driver I’d want in my lineup for team stability, he must also recognize he’s throwing away a good chance to go after what’s his – his glory. His shot at the title.
The slip stream advantage from the second spot we’ve seen be fruitful indeed. And I’ve said repeatedly that in clear air, Bottas is one of the best on the grid – bar none. But he has to find it. And tomorrow, he’ll have a small window. If he has it in him to seize it, he may just insert himself back into the title conversation. Sure – it may make things awkward around the paddock. But I don’t think Hamilton lost slip for passing him in Silverstone last weekend. As he shouldn’t. This is racing. Tomorrow we see what Valtteri’s made of or if he’ll be relegated to habitual #2.