+1 Whilst I don't think Russell was sabotaged, it's probably due to Mercedes' behavior/statements over the last 7 years it's questioned at all. A bit like the Irvine/Ferrari pitstop in 1999....when they had no wheels! There was talk among some that Ferrari didn't want to win the title with Irvine. A ridiculous notion. Many of us poked fun at the Russell failed pitstop and subsequent antics, but it was just poor luck. Everyone saw Russell's performance, and the failure to win has been written off as desperately poor luck by any sane person. IF the Mercedes truly is a problematic car and not as fast anymore now, the best, very best thing that could've happened for Lewis is to not have signed the contract for 2021 and watch Russell/Bottas struggle. His fans would spin the narrative that all the winning was due to him and no one else ever.