SeijaKessen wrote:So while everyone is bitching about Maldonado, his slower teammate once again runs a smarter race and finishes in the points.
Say what you want about Bruno Senna, but I like the way he drives his races. He had a few not so good races this season, but overall, I think the quality of his drives are being lost on a lot of people. If his qualifying times were better, I believe we would see him in the top 6 easily.
Sorry, but his races are poor as well. This was one of the first time of the season (with China) in which he was pretty close to Maldonado in the first stint.
He's clearly doing something right to be scoring points.
I sort of equate him to the turtle and the hare. You pay little attention to him, but he works his way through the field slow and steady. There's an absence of flashy driving, or sensational driving from him, so he gets overlooked by and large. People just continue to bitch about him. He's a capable #2 driver as far as I am concerned. Consider that he misses 1 practice session due to Bottas, and still manages to score points. Honestly, no other driver on the grid has to give up their seat routinely every race weekend save for a few select races. I know it was part of the contract, but it's ludicrous as far as I am concerned. If anything I have felt that in light of the FW34 being more competitive than anyone anticipated, Frank Williams should have revised that entire strategy. Bottas hasn't even made it to GP2 and he's getting to practice every race weekend just about? Moronic.
Even though he spent the last portion of the race behind Hulkenberg, he just kept the pressure on, then when he finally made his move, Hulkenberg couldn't stop him, and managed to take himself right off the track in a wasted defensive effort. Actually one of the best overtakes for the Grand Prix because he exhibited a ton of patience that half the field doesn't seem to have.
The Williams is twice as good as the Force India, and Hulkenberg was on struggling on softs just as Alonso. 9th is a poor result in a car that should have been at least 7th and I tinhk even fighting with Grosjean who was 20th after lap 3.
While Senna is slow (and not always consistent) Maldonado is crashing 3 GPs out of 4. That put the 4th best car P7 in the championship - I think with two strong drivers they would have 100 more points.
They may certainly have more points with two strong drivers, but let's be realistic here. Without the sponsor money both brought, the FW34 probably would still be running the Cosworth engines, and it would likely be a near backmarker car. I'll be honest, I genuinely like Bruno. I think he's gotten a bad rap from a lot of people for no reason. He's a lot more capable than people want to give him credit for. He's not going to be his late uncle, but he's also way better than some of the joke talent that have gotten a full-time drive for a season or more over the years in F1.