I agree to a point, but there is one deciding difference: From a team's perspective, the best choice isnt necessarily to have the two fastest available drivers in their car.El Scorchio wrote: ↑Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:44 pmIf the top bods at Mercedes or Ferrari or RBR decided Ricciardo (for example) was a better bet than what they've got, then they'd have jettisoned their incumbent driver for him. Just like what happened at Ferrari to Vettel. They aren't stupid, subjective or sentimental and going to keep a driver on out of loyalty over performance. There's a reason Hamilton has kept that drive for seven years. There's a reason RBR put all their eggs in the Verstappen basket. There's a reason Leclerc has been anointed at Ferrari.
The teams feel those particular drivers give them the best chance of success, and unfortunately for Ricciardo and a few others, they see him as slightly below that level.
Put another way- EVERYONE including Verstappen wants Hamilton's seat and would move heaven and earth to get it. But Hamilton keeps it year in year out. In addition, if Hamilton suddenly became available and wanted a seat, he'd get his pick provided the team could afford him.
If that was the case, then Bottas wouldn’t be driving for Mercedes. Sainz wouldn’t be driving for Ferrari. Stroll wouldn’t be driving for Aston Martin, etc.
Teams want the fastest guy possible in their number one seat to secure the WDC and a capeable, but slightly slower driver in the second car, who doesnt clash with the number one. This way they can collect maximum points without having any intra team drama.
Teams dont want a VET/LEC, HAM/ALO, HAM/ROS, VET/WEB, VES/RIC situation. They want harmony and maximum points.
Drivers like RIC dont have a chance, because they are too fast to be a number 2 and unproven to be better than the current number 1s. There are effectively only 3 seats available (1 per top team). And these are occupied long term.