Johnson wrote:But you agree, Verstappen massively improved though right?
He went from an average of 0.5 behind over his first 8 races in 2016 to ahead in 2017. Nobody knew how quick Verstappen/Sainz were in 2015 because both were rookies. Let’s not forgot, Sainz out qualified him too. So back in 2016, I’m sure you would have been saying Verstappen had terrible qualifying pace after being match by Sainz and destroyed by Ricciardo?
The race win didn’t buy him time at all, he didn’t need time bought. Red Bull knew he had been dropped in mid season and were massively impressed from start to finish through 2016.
But you at least acknowledge that drivers can and do improve, including the very benchmark you are using to measure Albon. Funny that.
No, because I knew that Verstappen had talent and was the better driver than Sainz. I was unconvinced by Sainz and both have continued on just how I would expect.
All Max did was get more consistent and deliver at virtually every event once we got to 2017. His peak performances were demonstrated very early on.
Albon's peak performances have already been demonstrated to us too, that is my point. And he hasn't done anything special yet, so his peak performances are going to be low for him.
Everyone else here who is disagreeing with me thinks that Albon will find a tonne of pace soon and start delivering some top notch peak performances. I seriously doubt that he will.
He's also got this annoying, smiley, gentlemanly vibe to him personality-wise, which reeks of him compensating for a lack of talent. The true talents of the field can afford to get grumpy and be rude on the radio or give the occasional controversial interview etc. because they know that they are going nowhere as their talent speaks for itself. The slow guys can't afford to be impolite.