He also actually did. Yeah and you'd expect Alonso to dominate the rookie Hamilton but things don't always go as expected. Kubica's since shown himself to a phenomenally talented driver and he already had half of 06 and plenty of testing, so don't be disingenuous and act as if he was some fresh from the cot, inexperienced virgin of a driver. Heidfeld beat him. Well done Nick. Probably because they believed they had a good thing going for 2009 and good could have done with the money from constructors points to support a title challenge. Robert lead to championship after Canada due to a couple of freak results, and it was a team decision that Kubica won that race and not Heidfeld. You could replace Nick's name in that quote with many driver's names and get nothing. Name a race where Kubica made people grab attention then? I'd give him Brazil and nothing else. Malaysia was very memorable for Nick, as were Belgium and Abu Dahbi, seen as you asked. Quality drivers get paid. Show me a driver who doesn't believe he can be champion and I'll show you someone who shouldn't be in F1. If you actually pay attention to races, rather than just stats, you'd know that he didn't fail to deliver. He got a podium on merit early on and was regularly running top five. He equaled Hamilton's 2012 Barcelona drive. He had loads of spare tyres but if not testing or qualifying and having all the tyres were an advantage, everybody would do it. He also didn't have the fastest car which Hamilton did. He drove a stormer in Canada before Kamui went banzai.