Sainz and Norris are being overrated. The McLaren car is rather good now. I think Alonso would have made a podium, Bahrain or Germany
Yeah, I probably agree on that.
However then it's also easy to argue Alonso would have done better than Kimi in the Alfa, Or done better in the Ferrari. That covers the rest of the drivers in many people's top 7. So if you'd drop all these drivers down based on that Alonso would've done better than them, who would actually be the 3rd best driver this year? It has to be someone.
The problem is that nobody besides Lewis and Max really stands out. I noticed the same in my own ranking, the guys between 3-11 are very close. So while a lot of people might have Sainz in 3rd, it doesn't say too much. In my list he can easily drop down to 7th if he has 1 shocking race.