Timing, Luck and position play a big role in the sport… No one denies that Russell has a tremendous amount of talent and deserves to be in a better car than Williams… But the notion that he is entitled to a seat in a top team is what I don’t agree with… As well as the notion that he will “never” be in a top car when his career is really just starting… I’m sure that if go through history, there are other top drivers that weren’t in a top car at the beginning of their careers (Mansell for example)… Prost, even though his first season was with Mclaren, wasn’t in a top car until he rejoined Mclaren in 1984 after spending 3 years at Renault… Even a top driver like Alonso didn’t jump in a top car early in his career, after Minardi he was reserve driver for Renault and when he started driving for them as a race driver (2003) the Renault was far from been a “Top Car” in F1… It’s also arguable that a couple of your names in your list actually were hurt by been promoted too early (Magnussen and Vandoorne or more recently Gasly and Albon).JordanMugen wrote: ↑Thu Jul 22, 2021 3:51 pmLeclerc was promoted after one season, Gasly was promoted after one season, Albon was promoted after half a season, Norris went straight into McLaren, Hamilton went straight into McLaren, Magnuessen went straight into McLaren, Vandoorne went straight into McLaren, Senna was promoted to Lotus after one season, Raikkonen was promoted to McLaren after one season, Alesi was promoted to Ferrari after 1.5 seasons, Verstappen to Red Bull after 1.25 seasons, Schumacher was promoted to Benetton after one race (!!!)...
Why should Russell wait so long? It's absurd!
Unluckily in F1 there has been always a couple of teams at the top, therefore 4 or 6 seats in those teams… Therefore there will always be drivers missing out on those top seats, whether it is because there is already a top driver there or because the teams doesn’t want 2 “Top Drivers” at the same time for fear of destabilizing the team internally (maybe the reason why Red Bull chose Perez instead of going for someone like Alonso or even threw a curveball and snatched Russell).
Has Russell showed talent? Yes… Will he have a chance a top team? If he keeps developing and showing what he is capable of, most probably… Is he “entitled” to a top seat right now? I would argue that he isn’t… I’m hoping he will get his chance and I’m sure he will… He has what hopefully will be a very long career ahead of him to make it happen