Yeah that’s definitely an advantage of driving for a team with a great history. Even if his career suddenly ends and he never gets to do an F1 race he can still tell his kids in the future that he drove the championship winning Williams car that Nigel Mansell drove. Not quite as exciting if you’re the test driver for HRT and you just tested it during a couple of Friday practice sessions:)
Mercedes doesn’t have much F1 history but I’m sure Hamilton will at least get to drive the W196.
From what I heard Prost just drove the Red Bull for a demonstration. There was an article at Autosport about it
I really really dislike the rule. I think it’s completely unfair to the front runners who have gone through the trouble of lapping the slower drivers.
For example, if Button had lapped a driver and that driver was between Button and Vettel during the safety car period, I think it’s unfair that Vettel gets that driver out of his way “for free” while Button had to overtake him under blue flags. They should both have to do the same work. Additionally, overtaking under blue flags isn’t always risk free, another thing that Vettel wouldn’t have to deal with in this situation.
Having a lapped car between yourself and the driver behind you is an advantage you’ve earned on the track. It can be extremely frustrating for the fans of the other driver, but it works both ways. Sometimes to a driver’s advantage, sometimes to his disadvantage.