- Oct 25, 2017
I've been saying this for the longest time. Drivers like Vettel or Verstappen did great on their first seasons, but they were also very raw, getting in a lot of accidents and lacking some racecraft. The reason is simple: they had a giant sponsor pushing them from series to series as soon as they became comfortable enough with the car, as they always had the next seat warmed up regardless of the results in the championship. Therefore they never really needed to "deliver or stay home", to handle a whole championship with its ups and downs: they were just thrown into F1 'cause they're fast. That's cool and all, but they wasted a couple seasons trying to not crash into anything that moves instead of learning that between GP3 and GP2.Max is finally starting to deliver. The raw talent has always been there, now he is settled and more mature behind the wheel. Max is still far from the finished article (worryingly for everyone else).
Too many damn kids come in to F1 when they are far from ready, I hate how F1 has become a "finishing school" for young talent. I don't want to watch drivers learning their craft in F1, lower categories/formula exist for a reason.