I highly doubt he'll 'dismantle' Ocon any way different than he'd 'dismantle' Hulk. Sure, Hulk is far more experienced, but the net result will be the same. Will it 'lower' Ocon's value?
Well to be fair, if Ocon isn't up for the task, he isn't up for the task. Button held his own pretty well against Alonso. Vandoorne fell through completely, but I really doubt that has anything to do with Alonso and much more with Stoffel himself. I think Stoffel is no better nor worse than Magnussen ever was, i think he was greatly over-hyped.
Albon isn't fairing 'fantastic' against Verstappen but that imho has little to do with Max, and much more simply with Albon's lack, likewise Gasly.
Gasly and Albon are i think rather close compared against eachother, having both of them @ RBR instead of paired to Max would do little difference to their 'value' or 'judgement' of sorts,
as they'd still remain ending at about p6-p9 when max would be p3-p5. RBR would still lack a quality driver, and neither of them would be judged any different, they're still lacking.
I think it's much more the other way around: a driver completely benefits from a superbly strong and fast teammate, as first of all, they get their data which is able to completely optimize the car. They also have a team where investments have been made, so he'll find himself in a 'made bed'. A fast teammate motivates a driver much more to deliver and beat him than a lousy slow joke like for example a guy like Ericsson or Guitterrez. I'm 100% sure ANY driver would be more excited and confident about their potential to beat Perez over Guiterrez. Raikkonen over Giovanazzi. etc etc. If a driver then is able to even be 'on par' perhaps even 'beat him', that's much better.
In remarks to 'poor Ocon', why? Ocon is no rookie by any means. He's had Perez to race against, he's had Daniel to race against, he's shown his craft.
From all drivers, I think both Grosjean and Vandoorne were treated quite very patiently by their respective employers and had enough chance.
As for Piquet Jr, i don't really know, but let's be fair, it's not like he ever was in F1 for his brute potential, definately not like his daddy.
Offcourse i don't have the 'insights' the teams themselves have, but If i look at the stories about guys like Verstappen, Alonso, Schumacher, Hamilton,
then I read a whole lot about how extreme they go to get the best out of themselves in every detail. I don't read the same stuff from guys like Bottas, Albon,
Giovanazzi, Grosjean, etc. Instead I read much more about people like that how they need 'more guidance', 'help from former competitors', etc etc.
I'm not saying Bottas isn't investing in his F1 career, but as far as I read it, these 'Star drivers' tend to dive into the deepest details much, much deeper than all those guys,
and that includes guys like VanDoorne and Albon.
Also, VanDoorne didn't really perform great against Alonso, whom seemingly was having his biggest slump and was most dissatisfied with Honda and as such far from on his 'best'.
Imagine then how hard VanDoorne would have been slaughtered if the Mclaren was good, the Honda engine was good, and Alonso could have been fighting for the podium.
I think - personally - the only reason VanDoorne was ever 'kept' @ Mclaren's seat because there wasn't much to 'happen' anyway.
Also, look how fantastic Norris is doing. I believe Lando would wipe the floor clean with VanDoorne. Hell, I'd concider VanDoorne even as low as Palmer material.
Look how fantastic Russell indeed is doing. Perhaps his teammates aren't the best to think of, but with that trash Williams car it's hard to distinguish anyway.
Still, he's flying. I am confident Russell would rock alongside a guy like Alonso, and it would boost his craft much more.
If we were solely talking about which TEAM a rookie ends up starting their respective F1 careers in, i think that would be a totally different story.
Yes, teams like Ferrari, Mclaren, RedBull, Mercedes are heavyweights and I do belive it's unwise for rookies to start there.
Teams currently like Williams, Alfa Romeo, Haas, are much better environments to start a F1 career as pressure is simply vastly different,
no matter whether you have an experienced or inexperienced driver alongside you at said team.
You can take LeClerc as an example, on how amazingly well he did @ Alfa/Sauber and then went straight to Ferrari alongside Vettel.
Max is another great example, whom went to RedBull pretty fast after being @ Toro Rosso first. Max kept his head cool and fast alongside Daniel,
when guys like Gasly, Albon and Kvyat fell through, especially in comparison. Speaking of, Daniel himself went down very well alongside Vettel,
when you might still argue he was a 'rookie' of sorts.
I believe Alonso - Ocon is an interesting pairing. But perhaps not going to turn out much different in the end than Hamilton - Kovalainen.
We will see. Alonso didn't have the best of results at his former end of his F1 career, nor did he have "massive" success @ Dakar/Indy etc.
I also rather doubt Ocon would do better or worse compared to Bottas. And to be frank, I don't think that's a compliment.
Dumpster sounds so much more classy. It's the diamond of the cesspools.