AlanBengio wrote: A5D5E5 wrote: AlanBengio wrote:
Mick Mannock wrote:I guess I should correct myself.
Albon is an incredible driver, but others are more incredible.
As I have written before RB signed the wrong Brit
He won nothing afte karting experience, if my memory serves me well! Probably kept into Red Bull family only because of lack of drivers (but this is just my opinion). Lots of good press about him (in UK) and lack of results - if that is a benchmark for incredible drivers, then everyone is an incredible driver out there
Well, yes they are. That was his point.
The moment you will be able to put aside the "britishness" factor from your judgments, you'll see how an average driver Albon in fact is
I don't think personally Albon will make it at the top level - you are probably right about that. There are a little too many gaps in his repetoire for him to last long at RB. Also we know what RB are like. Maybe Vettel is an option, who knows.
As for today - he did ok. Made a mistake at the start, cut through the field well and seemed to make those mediums last quite well in comparison to everyone bar Grosjean.
About his place in the team - even taking my british hat off (there is a bias), it's no coincidence that Ricciardo, Gasly and now Kyvat as well as Albon have struggled in that car. It's probably a combination of Max driving around problems and making the car faster than it should be, and the car is a problem. 4 good drivers, Gasly's doing well in that Alpha Tauri, Ricciardo looks really good now in the renault and Kyvat last year was pulling up trees, if they all fail, only so many times people can say pressure. Ricciardo was there before Max, it's not pressure. For me, something is up fundamentally either with the Red Bull in general, so Max is getting around it, which is a problem because they need to fix it, not ignore it and the team doesn't really know or have the know how to fix it with the way the car is built. It's probably a little bit of a driver skill issue in relation to how the car is but I do believe it's a car design problem.
Red Bull are slower than 2019 so there's no coincidence their design is flawed. Even taking off my british bias, the car doesn't look good to drive and Max driving around the issues isn't helping. Impressive for him sure, but the team isn't improving or learning anything. At least, not immediately.