Yes, if the hermit owns one of those Cobra Mark I miner ships, then you better find another field to mine since you don't stand a chance in your bog slow Mining Transporter. Until you can afford injectors of course, then that arrogant show off can bite your space dust.
Poor miners can only afford Transport Miners and rich miners drive around in Cobra1s. With this start, you're the poor one.
Mining Transporter is slow, really slow. 0.1 slow to be exact. That's the point of it, you can't be much lower in the hierarchy. For comparison Anaconda is 0.14 and Cobra1 is 0.26. The first thing you want to buy is injectors. Before that, you'll better find asteroids that don't have competition. After that, you can outrun other miners.
If you don't find this to be a fun way to play, that's fine. There are a plenty of other ways to play the game.
This has been an interesting debate. I'm going to move the start to Zaonce and try to make it start from a rock hermit. I'm also considering on upping the top speed of the player mining transporter to 0.12. That way the player could outrun core transporters and worms, but would still lose to cobras. Don't want to exceed Anaconda though. That would embarrass Ranthe