That's a fair enough way to look it I guess. Perhaps I was looking too far the other way in that I was trying to just review how that driver drove on that day regardless of his normal talent. What that meant in my head was that Lewis got ratings that seemed too high because his performance level is almost always high and therefore even on races where he just seems to float towards the win, he is only doing that because he is driving so well. Howe can we directly compare a drive where someone starts in pole and drives off into the distance to the win, with someone who has to battle through the pack? Almost impossible to do that, but I do wish we could
You can't, really. Following all this to its logical conclusion, in theory it should get harder and harder for a driver to ever score 10s because each time he does so, the higher he is raising his own personal perceived baseline until only something truly Olympian is given maximum reward,
I do think most reviewers do seem to hold some version of this though!