Years in single seater racing Rossi - 9 Chilton - 5 My point was cider_and_toast that Max gets a lot of criticism for being a pay driver but Rossi's record is not too different to his. This is a like for like swap really not a talent takes out money moment some people are suggesting. The record in WSR you listed is indeed impressive but all those wins and podiums came in the same year back in 2011. I was a big fan of Rossi because of that but his season after was mediocre at best. His switch to GP2 showed promise but then dropped away again. I suspect his F1 career might go the same way with a flourish of brilliance at the start before fading. I hope he proves me wrong.