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    I’m going with the Kobayashi moves. As PM says, it’s good to see him doing what we love him for: gutsy moves in unexpected places. Sorry Checo wasn’t in the race for long enough to show what he can do too

    #150718
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    Well it has to be Kobayashi, his speed and his confidence both in terms of giving novel strategies a go (ones that would require overtaking in order to work) and in terms of the sheer ballsiness of his moves – plenty of older hands don’t come close, let alone any other rookie. De La Rosa was experienced and stable, but never a stand-out driver (a great tester, though. At least he didn’t do a Badoer on his return to the track). Heidfeld is a better test and Kobayashi is still showing just fine.

    If we’re counting guys doing their first full season, Alguersuari is starting to show his potential (alternative take: Buemi is slipping backwards), but he’s no standout. Hulkenberg is doing very respectably, even disregarding Brazil. He’s in that midfield where most 1st lap crashes seem to happen and he’s had his share of bad times there but alongside the learning there have been good shows of speed. Petrov too – he’s made plenty of mistakes this year, which isn’t really unusual in the first year (although we can all think of honourable exceptions), but in Kubica he’s got the toughest pairing of any rookie (with all due respect to Glock and Barrichello, two more fine drivers). It must be pretty trying being up against RK, but Petrov has still left marks in the memory for good reasons – that pass on Hamilton, for one. Perhaps the fighting spirit will be matched with a little more skill and judgement next year, perhaps not.

    For the rest, it feels harsh to judge guys who fared well in other series then come to F1 with zero testing and struggle to impress – it’s a bit like how I felt leaving school as one of the bright ones and getting to uni to find that I would actually have to work in order to seem bright there (I realised that way too late to make a difference…) I like Chandhok personally, so I’d like to think he was a standout, but he wasn’t. If I could give him another chance I would, perhaps he’ll mature like any of them might.

    I must admit that I was not one of those who spotted Alonso’s potential when he first raced with Minardi. I think I was unimpressed when Renault took him. So perhaps I’m also missing the talent in Di Grassi or someone. We can do another “Humble Pie Cafe” thread in a few years’ time when he’s world champ!

    #150462
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    Keith, I think the blooper just showed how well prepared you are, quite impressive really and an insight into how you manage to get some of your stories up in record time.

    #150442
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    Hey, I’ve got the whole article in my feed reader if you want to read it ;-)

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