bhallg2k wrote:he has yet to be challenged with a legitimately bad car.
I'd call his 2007 and first-half-of-2008 car bad though (if you're talking about being slow/uncompetitive). It wasn't HRT bad, but it's similar to this year's Force India - a car that you had to give every inch to work your way up to the midfield. Or do you mean a car that has handling problems?
Having said that, I think most people only really start paying attention to drivers once they're proven themselves, and so he might have been somewhat anonymous then.
I know I'm guilty of this myself with most drivers - I don't really notice them until they do up a qualifying result (at least) that really perks my ears, or end up on the podium in unlikely circumstances.
Indeed, where does the influence of the car end and the influence of the driver begin?
Yup, I started this thread: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=10765
Needless to say nobody was able to really fully conclude anything.