Amazing how people are calling Leclerc a B driver. It's his 2nd year in F1 and he beat a 4 XWDC who was already established and used to the car. He performance is far more impressive than DR against RB. Atleast when DR best Vettel there was the excuse that it was a new car for both drivers. Leclerc came cold into Ferrari and beat Vettel in a car that Vettel was familiar with.
And yet people are still doubt Leclerc utter madness! Look how long it took Max to finally get the upper hand over DR? Leclerc did it in his first year against Vettel. Imagine what Leclerc will be like when he is in his 5 th year in F1. I'd even wager anyone here that Leclerc will get his WDC before Max. Leclerc is the real deal and very driven with a desire to win it all. He is only going to get better and 2020 will prove if Ferrari get their act together.
The car was new this year too though, the new front wing rules changed the behaviour of the cars for the drivers, even if not as much as in 2014.
The "he is already this good, how good will he be then in X years" argument is always poor, because no driver develops in a steep curve, just ask Vettel.
As for how long it took Verstapepn to get the upper hand over Ricciardo: a few races. Despite being thrown in midway through the season he had by the end of the season the edge in qualifying (and he was from the get go as quick/quicker in races) and was the clearly quicker driver though 2017 & 2018.
I'm not a Verstappen fan, but he is clearly more proven (mostly presumably because he is also longer in F1 to be fair), the only thing that he has to still prove is if he can sustain this over years with rules changes and all that as well and if he can keep his head clean. Leclerc still lacks in essential things like race pace, which he will either develop over the time or it will turn out to be a limitation in his skillset. Nobody can say for certain.
Edited by Marklar, 26 December 2019 - 14:14.