I've just realized that's it. This is why I feel "meh".
When you take a step back and look at the bigger picture, the career path of Max followed a very steep line upwards. And since he got into the Red Bull it has hit a wall. It's frustrating because many people feel that he can do even more. But F1 is what it is unfortunately.
I'm usually the first one to blame Max fans for many many things (and i'm right ) but honestly,joking aside,i get what you mean.
Its frustrating for him not to be able to prove his gains over the last years as a driver and it strips f1 fans from even more fun. Its a shame (as it was with Alonso) to not have them in front more often.
But...thats how it is, im sure more drivers in the past could fit in those colossal Mika-MSC or Ayrton-Prost etc. battles. Cant always have 3 or 4 alpha teams...
Anyway going off topic here. Lets hope they will improve throughout the season.
I've said it before but I think Max was ready for a WDC fight as early as 2017. I think a lot of the frustrations we have seen from him the past 2 years are because he's been stuck in no mans land for ages while clearly having the capacity to do better. The only reason he hasn't been able to fight the top guys more often is his car which has been holding him back. He needs the material to match his capabilities or else he won't develop.
If RB/Honda doesn't significantly improve this year and wins from the get go in 2020 he should jump ship. I have no doubt Merc would pick him up.
I think Max is ready to fight too but win it is different.
Im not saying he would't but he might have to fail once or twice (or maybe not ).
That's the thing ,we don't know, but even so he needs to be "thereabouts" to get more experience even if it wont work straight away.
In any case he is definitely not made for just podiums and odd wins. He will have to make decisions sooner or later imho.
Edited by ExEd, 14 April 2019 - 13:29.