F1 Racer wrote:
If Verstappen ends up not winning a single title because Redbull is too focused on building a car that only he likes, he will never be considered a God imo.
Yeah, I think Verstappen actually has to win things doesn't he. I agree with you.
A few people have been saying for a few years that it's not a matter of if but when Verstappen will win a championship. They've almost seen it as a fait accompli that he'll get the drivers trophy one day.
The advent of the YDP's, B-teams & with 2 of the big 3 teams clearly having a #1 & #2 driver setup, it's more difficult than ever for a driver to position themselves in a car that'll give them a genuine chance to win the title. It's looking increasingly like, for top shelf drivers in YDP's anyway, there's a non overlapping conduit for them as far as their career paths go.
Get signed to a YDP at a young age & get funded by the F1 team for their junior career. In return, if they show promise, they commit themselves to that career path that locks them in up until they get turfed because they're deemed not good enough, or they they make it to the A team & fulfill the terms of the contract they signed a few years earlier. By the time they have the option to look around, the other big teams have their junior talent coming through & as such have no need to look at outside their YDP bubble.
Ricciardo's a prime example of the negative aspects of YDP's.
Verstappen needs a competitive RB, & Honda for that matter, as much as RB & Honda needs a competitive Verstappen. In fact he probably needs them more. It seems Leclerc's got Ferrari's future locked up. Hamilton's said got a few years left in him & Russell's impressing at Williams & could be the heir apparent to Hamilton's seat, though i'd not totally discount Ocon returning to Merc either, so that option could be compromised too.
For all his talent, and he's a great talent no doubt, he could very easily end up with a career record that, on paper, indicates he was a driver who had a few wins on talent, lucked in to a few more, got a pole position or 2 but that's about it. Obviously it wouldn't be an accurate portrayal of his talent. I think he's better than that though not as good as some make out. To me he's Vettel 2.0, maybe slightly better, but without Vettel's record.