@PM. You wanted reasons.. how about this – Renault is the 4th to 5th fastest car on the grid. Which should mean that Petrov should be regularly fighting for points, however, he has scored points on only 4 occasions this year. Kobayashi, a rookie, who has been driving a much more sub standard car, has somehow managed to accumulate a points tall nearly double to that of Vitaly. Hulkenberg, who has also has a car inferior to the Renault has managed to come within a point of Vitaly’s points total, and looks like he should substantially increase that tally this weekend.
I agree that Petrov is the rookie with the quickest teammate, and Kubica’s qualifying record of 17-1 is excusable. But, its the margin by which he has been out qualified by his teammate is shocking. On an average he is close to 0.7-0.8s off Kubica’s pace.
I feel that a handful of quick starts and daring overtaking manouvres have clouded your judgement on how good Vitaly really is. I’m not saying that he is a terrible driver, but he definitely isn’t good enough to retain that Renault drive. I think he doesn’t deserve a team better that HRT or Virgin.