Can there be a good answer for Driver Swap debate?

With titles at stake, was the driver swap that happened in Hungary good for the team? Paddy Lowe believes there is “never a good answer”, although Mercedes will be remembered for the sportsmanship shown in the game.

Valtteri Bottas gave up his third position so that the faster driver Hamilton could chase the Ferraris and had an agreement that if the Brit didn’t pass through, he will hand back the third slot to Bottas.

Hamilton gave up the third slot after failing to catch a Ferrari, and it cost him three points, further widening the gap with his main rival Sebastian Vettel who also won the race.

Hamilton believes he made a heart decision and it might come back and ‘bite’ him later.

Former Mercedes racer and now Williams tech chief Lowe says, “There’s never a good answer to that one.

“In any team, you want to keep it clear to both drivers that they have the opportunity to win the championship. That keeps them motivated in their own right to win races, which is what you need for the team result.

“The worst example of that was 2007 at McLaren where we had two drivers who missed the drivers’ championship by one point. It doesn’t get worse than that.”

Lowe added, “I think in the end it’s about how you do it, not what you do.

“I think drivers get remembered for the way they perform as sportsmen and not necessarily their absolute results. I think that’s a good bit of thinking for any race driver or any sportsman at all, actually. And we can pick out examples in this sport.

“There are many drivers who we consider greats that didn’t win that many races or championships, and that’s because of the way they behaved. Stirling Moss is an example of that.

“I think that’s the right line in the end if you’re trying to make the right judgement about these things.”

 

 

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