Invade wrote: ↑
Tue Mar 23, 2021 10:25 am
A.J. wrote: ↑
Mon Mar 22, 2021 11:50 pm
I'm quite surprised by how this poll has turned out so far - I personally voted for Ferrari having the strongest pairing, as that seems to be the only team with TWO top-level (or one elite and one top level at least).
Red Bull - while Verstappen is arguably the fastest guy out there (same level as Hamilton/Leclerc imo), I would argue Perez is a notch lower than Sainz.
Mercedes - similar to RBR - while Hamilton is elite, Bottas is a notch lower than Sainz.
The consensus of the forum seems to suggest that either people underrate Sainz or I overrate him.
I doubt that most currently have Leclerc in league with Hamilton and Verstappen yet. In speed yes, but not in consistency of performance in the races. This definitely played a big part in rating Red Bull and Mercedes ahead of Ferrari for their driver pairings, even though I believe that in the end Leclerc will establish himself in that tier.
Right now, I only have a top tier of 2 drivers and that's Hamilton and Verstappen. Leclerc is a tier below for now.
I'm not sure that many are convinced about Sainz yet. He didn't put much distance between himself and Norris and he came off worse vs Hulk. I do rate Sainz but also rate Perez. Anything I see Bottas losing vs Sainz (perhaps a better qualifier but I think he's worse in races) I see Hamilton making up for over Leclerc as things stand.
Sainz was very similar with Verstappen but had about 5 years of car racing as opposed to just the one season for Verstappen before joining F1. He then beat Kvyat but then again who didn't, and his qualifying numbers were not as good as Gasly's.
He then got beat by the Hulk, we might say he was new to the team but then the year after Ricciardo managed to beat the Hulk.
The last 2 years he's beaten Norris, although qualifying stats are near identical, but Norris is essentially a rookie with no F1 track record and his season in F2, despite finishing second as a rookie, was not really that impressive with Norris only managing one win and the engines/clutches were very unreliable making some of the results a lottery, it was thought that Norris would have been better suited with another season in F2.
I see Sainz and Perez has being very similar in their attributes, average qualifiers but solid points scorers on race day, but looking at Perez he also was matched up against the Hulk and he beat him although he got edged out in qualifying, his all round performance against the Hulk was better.
So in conclusion in respect to Perez, Sainz has simply not beaten anyone relevant to consider him as being as good as Perez.