Chuckjr wrote: ↑
Mon Jan 23, 2023 8:23 pm
I think the most insightful thought I read here (and I can’t remember where I read it to give proper credit due) about the driver situation brewing at Merc, was that George still has time to find in his craft (obviously), but Lewis does not.
So it will be extremely interesting to find out what happens if George indeed finds another quarter second in quali and race pace this year, because the potential is there. Lewis isn’t going to find a quarter second of craft. He’s using it to the max to keep pace. It really is an interesting situation coming about at Merc...heh heh heh.
I do not think there is any evidence towards that. Both will find time, remember it is a new car for both. We see that the cars were very understeery. If we look at the redbull, Max seemed to be on Checo's level at the start, and he has been in a redbull for almost a decade. You would think he blew his wad and there was no more give, but just by improving balance and reducing weight Max was able to apply his skills more to get more speed out of the car.
Saying this to say it will be the same with Hamilton. He wont forget to drive fast overnight, once the car is where he wants it, he will wax stronger in the car. George will improve as well, but I do not think it is a case where one grows and other stops. Alonso has changed perceptions on age. Once the driver maintains fitness and still has his god given talent, they will still be potent.