Hey guys, I never post any more but I can't not be involved in the reject of the year thread.
Firstly, I'm going to fly in everyone's faces and try to defend Hamilton. True, he finished behind Button when he wasn't expected to. True, he was not a professional in front of the press and had far too many scrapes and shunts on race day (although I think trouble runs into him because of his reputation just as much as he creates his own problems). However, it's also true that:
- He won as many races as Button did (3). Furthermore, wet weather wins are more spectacular but surely a more important skill is to be fast in the dry? All of Hamilton's wins this year were in the dry.
- Button finishes ahead of Hamilton in 10 out of a possible 19 races. In the races that they both finished, it was 7-7. Close, eh?
- Hamilton out-qualified Button 13 to 6 this year, so his raw pace is still better (even if the long run pace is not so good).
Hamilton's season is only bad in comparison to the very high standards that he has set for himself.
ANYWAY, my top 3 rejects are:
[b]3rd - Felipe Massa[/b] - Just not good enough for Ferrari any more really. A 5th place finish is the highest he could muster this year. Given the bullet-proof reliability of the cars this year, podiums would be hard for him, but I don't remember him putting in a single stand out performance this year (at least last year he could point to Germany), and unlike Alonso, never outperformed the car. Maybe if he was a little faster he wouldn't have had Hamilton crashing into him all the time whilst Lewis was trying to overtake him.
2nd - Timo Glock - Probably an unpopular choice, what has he done wrong? Well this year he was beaten several times by a very average team mate in D'Ambrosio, particularly in qualifying. But more importantly, he doesn't exactly scream "team leader" at you, does he? Everything that Heikki Kovalainen has done right, Timo has done wrong. Glock doesn't seem to have pushed himself at all this season and also who'd have thought it would be the Lotus team rather than the Virgin getting all of the press attention at the lower end of the grid? Glock doesn't seem to be great with the media or the car. A man of his supposed quality should not be having so many set-up issues and should not be qualifying behind the HRTs.
1st - Pastor Maldonado - True, the Williams car was not the ideal car to have your rookie season in this year. Pastor really didn't stand much of a chance of impressing anyone this season. That said, you'd expect some kind of talent to be lurking in there, after all he did win the GP2 championship and had been winning races in that championship for a number of years. Monaco was a rare highlight for him, I'll give him that, but aside from that he was very very rarely anywhere near the top 10 on race day. Quite simply, I'm sure Hulkenberg would have done a better job and Maldonado has just had archetypal pay driver season. His nadir was his down-right dangerous swipe at Lewis Hamilton in the Belgian qualifying.
PS Am I bias towards Hamilton?
Watka - you know, the swimming horses guy
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