That really is just one side of a much bigger story. Ricciardo beat Max the last seasons, and yet Marko and co. always favoured Verstappen. The treatment Ricciardo got despite outscoring Max was not ideal to put it mildly. There was no way he was staying regardless of the results this year.
Wonder if they’ll do the switch on the mercs? It feels like they were a little too trigger happy with the initial swap, but im not sure how much better it would make bottas feel since he might have an asterisk against the win in his head