Rear gunner for WDC and securing WCC is where the #2 driver is supposed to come into play. Bottas hasn't accomplished the former, regardless of Verstappen's/RBR's ability to actually challenge for a title. And flipping it around, Verstappen's job in a field as unequal as the one we have currently, is to maximise every weekend, which he has done admirably. Albon's utter failure as a #2 has been meaningless thanks to Max nailing it weekend after race weekend. But if there was a more serious challenge for P2 in the WCC, I can imagine Marko & Horner would have been far more trigger happy with a shuffle or sacking. The most *effective team* on the grid is the one that takes home the WCC. WDC is prestige points. We've had situations not too long ago where the WCC team did not make the WDC. I can assure you they were quite a bit happier than the team with the WDC. Cha-ching and all that.