I’m adamant not to jump on this Kobayashi train, he’s good but not as good as everyone is making out.
I agree. I was impressed with him in his first races for Toyota last year, but since then he hasn’t really improved. Yes, he overtakes, which is a rarity in F1 these days, but his qualifying pace is still poor and now that he’s got a known quantity for a teammate he suddenly looks far less impressive. Maybe with the correct guidance he can hone his obvious talent, but at the moment it’s far too early to be banding about phrases like “future world champion” or even “future race winner.”