Exactly what I was thinking at the end of race. For the driver as an individual, it's all about the stats. Bottas hasn't won a single race this year. If he doesn't win any of the remaining races, then he would have gone an entire season – equipped with one of (if not) the fastest cars on the grid – without winning a GP. That's a bad look to put it mildly.I totally agree. I think team orders do more damage than just the immediate race. I mean, racer's stats are on the line and that's set in stone! How many wins should Schumacher and Hamilton really have in total? How many should Barachello, Massa, and Bottas really have?
These stats are what's officially recorded for all of history. There's not gonna be fine print where they state, "*wins by team orders". It's final and permanent. So it makes me sad for those "support drivers" who had to give up wins to help their team mate.
In the long run, fans won't care about the time he moved over for Lewis; they'll just see him as a driver who went an entire season without winning a single GP, despite having the same machinery.