Pullrod wrote:The problem is that we have seen no peaks from Vandoorne. Yes 5 races are not a lot, but in practice, qualifying or in the race, it is possible to produce a "burst" of something.
Rosberg had plenty of peaks although his racecraft was terrible but look how much it improved(his racecraft). If you have no peaks, you will not do wonders at the front.
I just find annoying that we must thank Vandoorne for his awesome job because he is not matching Alonso(which is impossible according to some), but at the same time people crucified Kovalainen, Magnussen and Perez for not beating Hamilton or Button.
My opinion is that Vandoorne may be needs to deconstruct his driving style and eliminate all his "bad" habits from his racing in the minor series to be competitive in F1(Boullier hinted at something similar).
May be it is just the case of someone who started much later in F1 (like Sebastien Bourdais) and find it difficult to change his driving style.
In a way it reminds me of the world of quantitative finance where in some research groups, they prefer Computer Scientists/Physicists/Mathematicians/Engineers who know NOTHING about finance as they believe a lot of what is written in the Finance books(or what is taught at the university) is rubbish and actually counterproductive if you want to build profitable models.
He should have started F1 racing 3-4 years ago at least.
I'm not sure your comparisons are all apt.
Kovaleinen was in his 2nd year of F1 and was sat in one of the best cars on the grid, but made it look like a midfield car at best. In his 2nd year at McLaren the car wasn't as strong, but that was his 3rd year in F1 and Hamilton was fighting for wins, while Kovy couldn't get near a podium. He was just poor but he had two years to show what he could do. Which wasn't much, as it turned out.
I don't think I've seen Perez slated that much, tbh. I've seen many people put forward the argument that he wasn't given a fair crack of the whip at McLaren. But he joined them in his 3rd year in F1, so his learning curve should have been sorted by then, too. I think he as just a victim of the Dennis-Whitmarsh power play but I don't remember anyone saying he was rubbish.
Magnussen is probably the most comparable and I remember him being hyped on a similar level to Vandoorne when he joined McLaren. Again, I don't remember him being slated exactly, but he had the misfortune to be pairing a former WDC while McLaren offered arguably the best driver on the grid - and another former WDC - a seat at the team. It's understandable that he was the one left without a seat. But I think he was given a chance in his first year.