Discussion in 'Drivers' started by RasputinLives, Oct 6, 2011.
Galahad - both - in 2009
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In terms of securing a drive though, D'Ambrosio needs to do something special, it's not enough to be solid.
I agree completely. Producing a cheque for 5 million euros would be pretty special.
Personally, I think he raced well considering he didn't have KERS and hasn't driven the car other than in the simulator..
Jen He was only ahead of Caterhams, HRTs, Marussias and those that didn't finish. He failed to finish ahead of any competitive cars. The KERS issue made it even more difficult for him, but this isn't a result that will get him another race in F1, in my opinion.
sushifiesta - what you say may well be an accurate assessment in some quarters, but he kept driving without KERS and didn't bin it either. As far as I am concerned, he was 11 places in front of the back end of the field and that was a good result for his first outing in an F1 car for a while.
Maybe I'm being a harsh, grumpy man but F1 is the pinnacle of motorsport and as such is pretty cut throat. His achievement was finishing the race, on the Maldonado scale maybe this is a great triumph, but for this race to act as a platform to further his career he had to do something special. He hasn't, and all the teams (apart from maybe HRT and Marussia) have other drivers waiting in the wings that would get a seat ahead of him should they lose a driver, nice guy or not.
Jen on the fact he didn't disgrace himself and was solid without being spectaculer. Maybe he didn't set the world alight and put himself massively in the shop window but if your drivers have been destroying their cars and not getting the results they should all year and you're looking for a solid number 2(no jokes please) then you could do worse I'm guessing.
It will be the same for any new driver or stand in until the mid-season testing policy changes.
Then again, it could just be proof that he's not very good.
Although it only accounts for a relatively small boost per lap, that can make the difference between being able to overtake or not.
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