I strongly believe such views would be different. How many voices are we hearing clamouring for Ferrari to formally focus all of their efforts behind Vettel? I don't remember a single one, yet they are in a pretty much identical position to Mercedes, with one driver being clearly quicker than the other. But it's all about how Mercedes must act to give privilege to Hamilton in order for him to stand a chance against Vettel. So there's already evidence we wouldn't even be having this discussion if Hamilton wasn't involved. It's all panic on Hamilton's behalf
I also seem to recall some voices - yours strongly among them - deriding the likes of Alonso for getting preferred treatment and holding Hamilton up as someone who actively discouraged such a practice (conveniently forgetting, of course, about 2008/9). Where are those voices now among the calls for him to be made No1?
Maybe the voices are not clamoring at Ferrari because they don't need to?
Last year team orders were issued against Kimi on more than one occasion to let the faster Vettel by and not a murmur of discontent on here, Mercedes do it and all we have to hear is talk of the preferential treatment towards Hamilton.
Ferrari did this with no hesitation whatsoever, Mercedes couldn't make the decision before it was too late and this is the pretext of what Mercedes did wrong if they wanted to win the race.
The Alonso situation is of a driver who wants preferential treatment to be pre-ordained, this being different from a driver earning that status and in this case with Hamilton and Bottas it's really just a race by race situation at the moment.
I wouldn't be a fan of Kimi and I don't care what treatment he gets at Ferrari because he's the inferior driver, who sees Kimi as a WDC title contender?
Yet with Bottas we have all this concern for him, for how he gets treated and this from some who don't really rate him, the fact he's been the slower driver thus far and has only 4 points more than Kimi somehow doesn't make him the same as Kimi in how we view how drivers should be treated?
Merc couldn't make the decision until it was "too late"? So, are you saying that Merc should have made the decision to back Rosberg last year as he was the leading driver? That would have gone over like a ton of bricks in here. Of course, you would have supported such a decision, right? The crazy thing is that Merc didn't use team orders last year, because they didn't have to, the only threat to either driver was the other driver. So, as I remember it, Merc followed the same policy that they had all year in that last race, did they not? And did they not reiterate that policy prior to the race start? They played fair, and now Niki Rosberg is the reigning WDC... and now, we have threads such as this. Must have been a tough off-season for some.
The reason why there is "talk of preferential treatment of Hamilton" is because the thread is titled "Mercedes must back Hamilton, now" And many of Hamilton's fans have come out in support of the idea, even though we are only three races into the season.
Why does Bottas "have all this concern for him"? Maybe because he is a new driver on the team, the one without several years experience with the personnel, policies and procedures. Maybe it is because after only 3 races on this new team, we are seeing people demanding that he be relegated to #2 status so that Lewis can be their primary weapon against Ferrari. Why are you so afraid of Bottas that you feel the need for Merc to protect Lewis against him if he is as poor as you are suggesting? You say Ferrari doesn't have to do the same with Kimi because he is so slow, then you point out that there is only 4 points different between Bottas and Kimi. You appear to have little respect for either of them, so why the feeling that Bottas needs to be put in #2 in order to help Lewis?
They made the decision to late if they wanted to win the race.
Why still with the comparisons with last season when the landscape is completely different this season?
Many Hamilton fans, I need to have a look through because surprising enough you don't always have to be a Hamilton fan to say such a thing but then will get automatically labelled one it seems?
My opinion is based on what happened in the last race and relative performance thus far, this is not being afraid of Bottas but how Mercedes operates the team which I think was a bit of a shambles last time out, even Wolff has said that some adjustments need to be made.
You are addressing me with this #2 driver request but I see every race as being different and in the situation we have now the slower driver can't be holding up the faster driver, team orders were being issued against Kimi last year and Ferrari were not even in contention for the titles so I think most people see his situation for what it is.
This is a simple fact of life that if you can't step up to the plate then you will get left behind, you as a Ferrari fan should know this, Ferrari have a long list of #2 drivers.