It really hasn't. When did Hamilton hit this incredible form? When he got a number 2 team mate. When did Verstappen transform from a really quick driver to a consistently good driver? When he got a number 2 driver. When did Ferrari go from front runners to third places? When they got two drivers on equal footing.good point but F1 has moved on from the mid 00s of the number 1 drivers & number 2 drivers.
Sorry chap but number 1s and 2s are how F1 works.