ringo wrote:Tumbarello wrote:ringo wrote:Robert would not have finished any better. Look at the gap between Petrov and Hamilton.
Petrov is the new #1 now. He is doing the maximum so far.
As it relates to Robert vs petrov pace. Petrov was a rookie last year, so it's not really convincing to use qualifying gaps from last year to give Robert a false sense of superiority.
Petrov did beat him twice last year. That shows Petrov is probably just as fast, but only need some confidence and experience to put his races together.
Kubica never had a fast teammate to prove he is one of the fastest, he's probably lucky he's out for 2011. He narrowly dodged Petrov opening up a can of whoopass on him today.
When Hamilton beats his teammate it's because he's inherently faster but when Kubica beats his teammate to a pulp, it's because the other guy's a rookie. You don't make much sense. Petrov has speed, for sure, but Kubica was on a different level before his accident.
Kubica is faster, but that was then in 2010, there is no evidence to suggest Petrov would not have matched him this year.
As it is Kubica is no longer in F1, we don't even know if he will return.
He must be pounding his fists in his hospital bed watching Petrov celebrate on the podium. Kubica did himself in, and petrov is making the best of it.
I think this whole thread has an envious tone to it.
Reality is starting to hit home that risky activities like rallying don't pay off in the long run for F1 pilots. Right as the accident happened, everyone was supporting his decision to rally, now that Vitaly is looking like a star in the R31 they're finally understanding what Kubica is missing out on.
Petrov may get a win this year and many more podiums. By the time time Kubica comes back, he'll be so rusty Renault will have no choice but to keep Petrov as de facto #1.
I was dumbfounded by Kubica's rally interest as well but that's what he is. He's like Kimi in that sense, a racing junkie. It's what makes their hearts tick and probably accounts for a major part of their speed. I guess you can't have one without the other with these kind of people.
But I'm sure he'd be happy for Petrov doing well. I just hope he recovers and is able to get back to show us that he can still mix it with the best.