Yeah I'd say you'd be hard pressed to find someone who really "doubts" Hamilton. I think anyone who doesn't rate him can't have been watching F1 that closely. The man is a top talent.
Having said that, I think it's legitimate to have a conversation about just how good he actually is, which is where the "doubts," if that's even the right word, may appear. As in, is he the best or one of the best? Is he better than Alonso? Or Max? So doubts not as to whether he's a great driver, but how great
Or Max? I'm really not sure what some are wondering is the legitimate question. Is Max potentially driving better than Lewis right now? Yes, potentially. That is a legitimate question.
Is Max a better driver than Lewis? No that's not a legitimate question, at all. A year ago he was crashing in every race. He has improved notably and driving very well and consistent right now but the sample size is way too small. On the other hand, Lewis is a 5 x WDC setting the record books on fire. Is Max a better driver than Vettel? That's not a legitimate question either.
We can't look at narrow snapshots of a driver's performance and re-write everything.
If Kyrgios beats Federer in a match, we would applaud his performance and say he played better in that match. Nobody is going to ask the question whether he's a better tennis player than Federer. Not until he came close to amassing the same sort of results, over such significant period of time, with such consistency, would that even come close to being a legitimate question.
Max is very promising and he might even fulfil that promise. But right now he's barely achieved more than a drop in the pond. I'm neither belittling his achievements or downplaying his potential.
F1 fans are a funny bunch.
Edited by gillesfan76, 21 August 2019 - 13:13.