A lot of people seem to have left Renault this year – team managers, designers and so on. Can’t be good. Who knows if any of them would have stayed if Kubica was there, driving the team forward.
I guess they’ve stopped developing this car – its unique feature, the wonderfully noisy exhausts, seem to be a blind alley – and Toro Rosso and Force India have taken full advantage.
Hopefully they’ll be back with a strong car next year, otherwise it’ll look like they’re drifting like the last Benetton years just before Renault invested in the team. And I can’t help thinking Kubica would do better to wait, recover fully, and get a better drive for 2013 when more driver contracts are up.