What in Formula Renault? Winning 2 races in that class does not warrant an F1 drive. Neither driver deserves a spot just yet.
I was thinking more the second palce he took in the 2010 championship. I believe that’s one of the major arguments his supporters use.
you have basically said there that you dislike him because others can see potential
No, I dislike him because although his times in Abu Dhabi were good, people are already setting him up as Webber’s replacement at Red Bull. It’s Kamui Kobayashi all over again: he shows early promise and people start expecting big things of him before he’s even had a chance to prove himself. In 2009, Kobayashi won “pass of the year” for his move on Button in Abu Dhabi – but Button had just come out of the pits, fuel-heavy and on cold tyres. It was inevitable that Kobayashi was going to catch him, and his move at the hairpin was actually quite dangerous and very nearly took them both out. I see the same thing happening with Ricciardo: people see the early promise and rather than give him a chance to show his true talent, they bury him under the weight of expectations. I’ve already heard people on another forum claim that if Ricciardo is indeed racing at Silverstone, Hispania have a real chance of beating Team Fernandes.