diffuser wrote: ↑
Tue Jan 18, 2022 4:53 pm
Jolle wrote: ↑
Tue Jan 18, 2022 4:35 pm
AeroDynamic wrote: ↑
Tue Jan 18, 2022 4:01 pm
I get where Perez is coming from, but sorry, Perez, you are very likely to be wrong on that one.
Max is quite adaptive, he went to the RB car and beat Ricciardo to a win in his debut event in the car. He never struggled to adapt to the RB that was built to Ricciardo’s liking at that time. Although Max was being beaten by Ricciardo, and still remains to be Max’s only team mate that max failed to beat in F1.
The reason why everyone struggles Checo, is because RB’s strategy has long since been to push Verstappen to a world title, Max’s feedback is prioritised and the car development is heavily skewed to him. So unless you drive with the same strengths as Max, you won’t adjust swiftly. That is why you and those before you struggled.
If Max had gone to Mercedes, like most drivers, he wouldn’t have struggled at all. The Mercedes is clearly employing a more balanced philosophy of developing the car to both drivers. It has a larger window of driving style input techniques that work with it, so it’s easier to adopt. I also think the team will more willingly build the car to you even if you aren’t the favourite driver.
Now, if Max went to another team that developed their car to 1 driver as much as RB likes to, then that’s a different story, there’s higher probability that he would go through a phase of adapting and getting comfortable with the car. I think he would adapt faster than you though Perez. I think Perez is a solid driver but I wouldn’t put it passed gasly or Albon to have done similar or better than him in the RB16B.
Yeah.. how could Perez know or even suggest that.
Probably more than AeroDynamic knowing the contrary. He atleast drives a F1 car and has changed teams a few times.... Plus the obvious evidence that all the drivers that changed teams in 2021 struggled, atleast for a couple of races.
Struggle is a relative term. How long a driver would struggle to adapt, determines the quality of the drivers. Some drivers like Alonso (the best of the lot), Lewis and Max have shown in recent times, how adaptable they are when the car isn't really perfect or when they switched cars. Lewis went thorugh a phase of struggle when he arrived at Mercedes, more specifically on the brakes as he was used to, Mclaren stuck Akebono brakes and it was a struggle with Brembo. Every driver would take a while to adjust, but how long, is the question. Ricciardo's struggles for large part of the season last year was a difficult one, to the extent that, he himself had self doubts if he could continue driving, despite McLaren doing everything to help him. Perez is right, Max would have to go through a phase of struggle like Lewis did, but I don't think it would be as long as other drivers like Perez himself, Gasly, Albon or Ricciardo. Max does a lot of different kinds of virtual racing, so that probably helps him to adapt to different demands better.