Mr Brooksy wrote: ↑
Wed Jan 19, 2022 1:52 am
I'm keen to hear about people's logical opinions about Latifi vs Albon and who will become team leader this year.
Latifi seems to think he can become that... But what do others think?
Personally I think that with Albon's more experience, his likeable personality and his speed, Latifi will be firmly placed into the backup role very quickly. It's not like Alex will need to adapt to a car Williams have been working on for 3-4 years and Latifi had been essentially driving for the past 2 years (like the Norris/Ricciardo situation at McLaren to some degree).
With Albon's experience with the Red Bull stable, I can't expect anything other than Albon making Williams his own.
It’s very hard to judge, both have had very strong team mates before that beat them handsomely, albeit one in a top team and the other one in a (as bad as it sounds) backmarker.
Alex has shown a lot of speed when he was at both AT and RBR, but when it comes down to experience, Nicolas may have the edge, specially inside the Williams Team and considering that Alex took a “sabáticas” from F1 last season… One of the more interesting pairings in the grid, 2022 will be very telling in regards to their futures in the sport, I’m afraid that if one is clearly behind the other, it may hinder their position… In this sense, Alex may have more to lose than Nicolas, since he had a lot of hype behind it when he joined RBR (a top Team), while Nicolas has always been considered a bit of a pay driver and people expected George to come out on top… Beating Alex will do wonders for Lattifi’s credibility and could erase that pay driver tag associated to him.