I get your point, but you're doing some assumptions I disagree with.Entity wrote: ↑Wed Sep 28, 2022 8:58 amfirst post for me, long time reader, first poster et al:
I see your point Andres, and although my team is Alpine (being a Renault fan, alpine as its successor, progeny etc.) I can't help but feel the Williams (or any other) intro to F1 wouldn't have been bad for the likes of Piastri.
We know Mclaren is on a push to do better (much) then they are currently. So Piastri will be from day 1 under pressure (lots of it). Look at Vandoorne's foray into McLaren at a time when they where hellbent to push for greatness.
Ok, Vandoorne had the unfortune of being at Mcl at a time when they had their heads so far up their …. that they thought they where perfect, their car was perfect and the only thing letting them down was their drivers.. but he was a well respected driver and winner in the lower ranks, could have had a very good career in F1, if he hadn't ben at MCL in his first years.
Had Vandoorne been introduced at a better point with MCL, or in a lower car with less pressure we might have seen a George Russel like scenario.
All this to say that Piastri getting into MCL at a time when they need people to deliver, from the go, with a lot of pressure against a driver (lando) who is very competitive and at home in the team / the car... might turn sour for him.
Don't get me wrong, props to him for going for the big stuff straight away, but I don't feel like a gentle introduction into F1 is a bad thing per-se. Enough examples exist of drivers getting their bearings in a lower ranked team before moving on to do great things.
Dismissing a 1/2y Williams drive as something which is to be avoided at all cost is … well wrong in my opinion.
Hope he delivers quick enough for MCL, because I doubt his career will go well for him if he doesn't deliver at MCL quick enough.
With regards to contracts, I do feel that this will change somethings for future junior drivers.
I believe contracts will be more cutthroat from now on, not only from Alpine but also RB, Merc,...
First none said Williams must be avoided at all cost, it's a great team for a rookie to get used to F1. But Piastri could decide Williams or McLaren... Do you think any driver will choose Williams if he can go to McLaren? Obviously not.
Then I don't think he'll suffer excessive pressure, he's a rookie and McLaren know it. No F1 team will demand results in the very first season of a rookie
Maybe best scenario for rookies would be Williams for 1-2 seasons, then moving to a top team, but F1 seats are not in excess. If I was in Piastri position, I would have zero doubts, if McLaren is possible, f##k Williams, I'm signing with McLaren instantly and will celebrate the contract as a great success, because it is, rookies don't have these opportunities frequently
Edit: also that risk of being thrashed by Lando is only a treat if you think Piastri can't beat him. But any driver think he can be WDC and beat any teammate, actually they like tough teammates to prove theirselves, their teams, and top teams, so what you consider a drawback, probably was a positive for Piastri
Time will tell, but Piastri position is the dream for any rookie... Except Lewis whose first season was on a even more competitive car, with an even more competitive teammate. I don't think he regret about that, do you?