While I am happy (and also intrigued) to see a frontrunning team go for a powerhouse line-up with two strong, championship-material drivers, I’m a bit disappointed that a chance to see another young talent, quite possibly a future champion, not getting the nod. Sure, Ricciardo got his chance, and I’m happy for that. But as concerns Ferrari, the statistics are telling. In the past, during Enzo Ferrari’s reign, the team used to take drivers generally who had potential, and made them champions. Only two champions were hired by Enzo, Farina and Fangio. Since Enzo’s death, no less than 4 champions have been hired: Prost, Schumacher, Raikkonen, Alonso, and now Raikkonen again. his was an opportunity for Ferrari to give a chance to a driver with potential, neither a tested-trusted champion, nor a dead beat driver. Admittedly, many people thought of Barrichello as a future champion, but Ferrari clearly had only one reason to hire him, and that certainly wasn’t to let him win the championship at Schumacher’s expense.
This, and Ferrari’s treatment of Perez makes me wonder, whether guys like Bianchi will ever get a shot. Bianchi’s more integrated in the Driver Academy (having been in it since his F3 days, whereas Perez joined it in his second year in GP2), but I fear that when Ferrari will take him it will be to serve as a Barrichello to Vettel, if and when the latter comes to Maranello.