Karthikeyan = Failure, can get a seat but Nico Hulkenberg, who got a smashing pole position with Williams and who has star potential can’t.
Hulkenberg was offered a seat at Hispania, possibly even the very seat that Karthikeyan occupies right now. And he turned it down. Rather than take what was offered, he chose to compete for various seats with teams that have tight relationships with their drivers. Sure, he might have been six seconds a lap off the pace in the Hispania, but he’d be in the sport. Tough it out for a year, impress the other teams and maybe there would be a silver lining to be had in 2012. But now, he’s probably going to be on the sidelines for a season, and in 2012, the only drive that might be available is a Hispania, while everyone else who raced in 2011 – like Kobayashi, and Perez and di Resta – could be in line for works drives with McLaren and Mercedes and Red Bull. If Hulkenberg doesn’t race in 2011, it will be his own silly fault.
And one pole position in variable conditions (which always produce unexpected grid results) does not exonerate him from a season of silly mistakes. Like the way he constantly had to cut the chicanes in Belgium, Italy and Singapore; three races in a row. Or the way he tried foolhardy moves that everyone could see were never going to happen, resulting in damage to his car, as he did in Canada. Or the way he needlessly sped in pit lane to repair damage, earning a drive-through and taking himself out of the running, again in Canada.