“For many years everyone has named him spoiled, talentless, pay-driver, useless”
Not heard spoiled before. Haven’t really heard talentless or useless either, although some people were less than impressed with his races at Renault last year.
Anyway, I think he has ability, and may be quite good after a stable year in the decent car Williams seems to have provided. HRT wasn’t the best F1 start, and half a year without prior testing in an ailing Renault was never going to be great, so his past results weren’t hugely representative, and I don’t expect him to be immediately on par with Maldonado in a dry race. But hopefully he’ll be up to a similar level by the end of the year, and that could pave the way to several more seasons in the sport, possibly even as an eventual race winner.