When Petrov was being beaten by Robert Kubica last year – despite his inexperience – people were arguing that he should have lost his seat. But now Senna was beaten by Petrov despite his inexperience, but people are saying that he should stay.
You can’t have it both ways.
The only reason I believe Williams will hang on to him is for he’s knowledge as they will be developing another new car around a new engine package, Rubens is not moving forward, a younger talent is and that’s what Williams need to do.
Williams do not need a young talent. They need someone who can develop the car. Right now, an older, slower driver who can develop the car is better than a younger, faster driver who cannot because youth and speed will be wasted on a car that cannot rise up through the ranks.
Besides, Williams have Pastor Maldonado, who they evidently believe is fast enough to keep around (despite everyone criticising him, Maldonado kept up with Barrichello and beat him far more often than Senna beat Petrov). Because if Senna has the $27 million in sponsorship that he is said to have, there would be no reason to keep Maldonado around.