justbeingmiko wrote:pokerman wrote:justbeingmiko wrote:OF course, Bottas might actually be good enough to destroy Stroll on merit....or Stroll might actually be a good peddler and deserve the seat.
Gonna be interesting to see if he is actually good enough. Those in the know think he deserves a chance regardless of his father's wealth.
Who are those in the know?
Most F1 Journos, Martin Brundle, Williams Engineering team to name a few that I have seen quotes from. I seem to recall DC saying it too. He deserves the chance on merit, removing the money from the equation (although that does help, no doubt)
The issue for most is a comparative with other recognized talented drivers: F3 this year is not seen as having as exciting a talent pool as has been seen in other years. So Stroll dominating the championship may mean he is good or that the rest of the field was poor. But, let us not forget that Williams did test him alot, and despite a hefty pay check, Williams is not known for taking a driver with JUST money.
Maldanado may have had money but he was no slouch - erratic and red misty when on circuit, but quick. And they got rid of him eventually. Any other time, Williams and pay driver with no talent, not one!
Stroll's skills will be good enough to be given a year in F1. Whether he is good enough to retain his seat and be seen as top drawer as opposed to just tier 2 or 3, well, that is up to him.
Maldonado was clearly seen as a pay driver and when the money ran out do did his F1 career, do you really think that Williams would have signed him if not for the pay cheque and Stroll is no different, the Strolls have already spent $45M dollars this season with Williams on his F3 racing and his F1 testing programme.
So we have Brundle and DC as a sort of hearsay to how deserving Stroll is and the Williams engineering staff have 80M reasons to agree with that.
One reason why F3 was relatively weak especially in numbers with the grid reducing by 50% was because many drivers thought they couldn't compete against Stroll on a level basis and simply left the series.
Regarding Williams testing him a lot to see if he is good enough that didn't really happen that's a paid for test programme to prepare Stroll for F1 and he doesn't really have to fight for his F1 life whilst they are prepared to pay Williams $35M a year Maldonado style, the only one who decides on the future of Lance is his father Lawrence.