think how many races did it take Maldonado to score a point it to Senna 2 races, not bad
The Renault R31 was capable of scoring points on a semi-regular basis (and a high attrition rate at Monza certainly didn’t hurt). The FW33 was not.
What it seems to me is that you have written off a driver who in your opinion has had 2 chances.
Most drivers only get one. If I’ve written Senna off after two chances, it’s because I don’t think he’s done enough to justify a seat in 2012. If he had out-qualified Petrov five times or more in the eight races they had together, or out raced him four times or more in the six they both finished, then I would re-consider. But as much as I am a fan of his, Vitaly Petrov is not a highly-rated driver, so Senna’s achievements compared to him are pretty lacklustre.
if you were Sir Frank Williams, and a team who needs money and sponsers would you turn down the chance to bring in a driver with potential that needs refining
Yes, I would – what Williams need is an experienced driver to develop their car. If the team takes Senna and spends time shaping him into a better driver, that is time that could be better-spent making the FW34 a better car. Like I said, an older and slower driver can develop the FW34 into a faster car. A young and fast driver, on the other hand, is stuck driving a car that is slow.
@huhhii – Yes, it’s unconfimed. There doesn’t seem to be much to it other than the Brazilian media juming the gun. They did the same thing about this time last year, claiming that Senna had a seat for 2011. I think the reason why they’ve done it is because there was talk that Sutil would replace Massa at Ferrari, and Kobayashi would replace Barrichello at Williams (with Jules Bianchi joining Sauber), which would mean the 2012 season would start with no Brazilian drivers on the grid, and I doubt that would go over well in motorsport-mad Brazil.