Heikki was brilliant at Renault in 2007 – many people seemed to miss this. He was comfortably quicker than Fisichella, who was established in the team, and achieved great results with impressive consistency.
What’s more, he did pretty good at McLaren in 2008, it was only 2009 when he really slipped behind. But as a McLaren fan I was never unhappy with him and initially sceptical that Rosberg or Button would be a good replacement.
If I was a midfield team he would be one of the first drivers I looked at.
Interestingly enough, this is the first time that he is in a team having not replaced Alonso! I agree, he seriously ballsed up in ’09 which was a shame as he acquitted himself pretty well in ’08 despite sometimes being put on a “number two” fuel strategy…. (allegedly). Interestingly, he rates Hamilton as his best friend in F1.
I think he’s thriving at a young team such as Lotus and he’s doing well as he’s one of the last drivers to be able to test for a team. In terms of raw talent, I think that Heikki has loads, remember the first time most people heard of him was when he beat MSC in the Race of Champions (identical machinery etc etc)