You have Mercedes out in front claiming nearly every race, then you have Renault on the midfield doing pretty good, and you have Williams struggling to get a single point. This hierarchy is determined by capitalism, because the better team gets more money than the worse team. The better you are, the more money you have, the better you can be, vice versa. Hierarchy exists and an occasional “proletariat hero” is extremely rare.
There are pay drivers. For those back markers they need money, and hiring one rich dude who can barely drive means saving their company. It became determined that how “good” you are is determined by your car, not yourselves. Lando Norris is here getting podiums and his colleague who performed better than him in 2018 in F2 is struggling to get any points at all, because the former got a good car and the latter got the worst.
In F2 all cars are equal(same brand, same engine) and there you can find the better driver. The better driver is better regardless of how bad the car is. We have examples upon examples for F2 talents getting shitboxes then decide to leave because they are treated unfairly.