This is a reason I think the Verstappens have "cheated" the system because he effectively has a get out of jail free card. When would the comparison be fair between Max and his colleagues? How many years are there left of mistakes and misjudgement before we can compare Max?mds wrote:I don't think that's all too fair. He had the big disadvantage of having no build-up to the season in that car. No pre-season testing means lots and lots of missed kilometers in the car to familiarize yourself with it, and during racing weekends you're not going anywhere near a full testing day. Given 6 full-day pre season testing days per driver, and four racing weekends not in the RB12, he started with about 12 racing weekends worth of kilometers less than Ricciardo. He still managed to catch up his single-lap pace by the second half of the season though, and his race pace was not much different from Ricciardo's most of the time. So he actually did very well to work away the disadvantage.pokerman wrote: Verstappen in his second season got beat by Ricciardo
Well, I agree that Verstappen with just a season of F3 under his belt and nothing more would not have beaten Alonso.wasn't night and day better than Sainz in his rookie season when Sainz himself was a rookie, yet you see him beating Alonso in his first season, the hype machine is in overdrive.
I do think he did a good job against Sainz, who did have a lot of experience in single seater racing, and got to compete in a top flight series. I do think he was a lot better than Sainz - just not in the single lap department.
Sainz Jr. was a Formula 1 rookie and NO Doctor(I am not talking about Herr Marko here) ordered Max to completely bypass the lower series to start his F1 career so he should be judged against others using the same rules(In this case experience in the series).
It is a bit as you expecting your quantum mechanics teacher to show leniency just because you didn't do the prerequisites and need time "to catch up"(granted there we no prerequisites for F1 thanks to the ineptitude of FIA, but you get the gist) for the course.
NO driver should hold a disadvantage just because he paid his dues in lower series.
Age in itself is not a merit.