Yes, well everyone looks good compared to Badoer and his cameo didn't exactly reinvigorate his F1 career. Having said that, Fisichella didn't actually fair that much better so it would seem that it is very difficult to get in to a car mid-season and be on the pace.
In terms of securing a drive though, D'Ambrosio needs to do something special, it's not enough to be solid.
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.
Always look for the positive 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.
I wouldn't count being 28s behind 10th place despite the retirement of five drivers as nearly scoring points.
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.
If we are looking at the 'pinnacle' of motorsport, there are at least another 10 permanent drivers who shouldn't be there either - Jerome was a deputy, he didn't exactly shine but, equally, he didn't disgrace himself either
I'm with 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.
I'd like to see how he'd get on if he had another run out. Given the Kers issue I guess it's very hard to judge. The best I can say was that he stayed out of trouble and got the car home which is something the guy he was standing in for fails to do on too many occasions. It wasn't enough for a return to full time driving unless he's got funds for a slot at the back of the grid teams.