Petroltorque wrote he is willing to bet on Williams beating Sauber in WCC and Maldo beating Checo. I said we have to wait for Sepang to see which car is quicker (and you probably can guess on who I would bet in Motta vs. Mendoza battle ;)). Here we are in Malaysia and things are looking quite clear...
Williams is 5th quickest car in quali trim, but both drivers can't extract its potential, so today in Q3 we saw one Ferrari and one Sauber, both cars at least few tenths slower than FW34.
Pastor in FP3 on hards - 1:37.455
Pastor in Q2 on mediums - 1:37.589
Meanwhile every team, except HRT, went at least 4 tenths quicker in quali than in FPs. Williams, or I should rather say Maldo, went 1 tenth slower on faster tyres . Bruno - no comment, 0.8-1 second off the pace, pathetic performance once again.
I guess the team is missing Rubens already. I think he would make quite a difference in setting car up (remember, engineers preferred Rubens over Bruno for 2012), but also would be safe and fast pair of hands. Yes, he made some mistakes last year and his motivation was questionable, but with such a quick car he would be motivated and enjoying F1. Well, Williams chose "quality" drivers instead and results of this choice are clear.
Honestly get over Rubens, he is gone, move on, sick of hearing about him, i get your head out of the sand. Williams has got the drivers it has because of there performance last year, to think that 1 driver can make such a big difference to car set up, when Williams has 500 employees, simulators, testing rigs, is pathetic, you think they don;t throw millions of different of solutions in the simulator, as they say a car is 98% setup before it even hits the race track, the last 2% is why they have 50 employees at the track, to get the maximum.
Think you forget Rubens was not that good last year against Maldo, and he wasn't that good against a rather disappointing Hulk. Move on, if you love him so much go watch indycars and not F1. Worst thing Williams did was get Rubens and the best thing they did is get rid of him and Sam. If he was so good at developing a car then what happended to last years car, a car that he had a year worth of input in.
Oh yeah and Rubens is so good he qualified 14 in indycar and another funny fact is he finished behind his two other teammates. Seems that his F1 days are following into his indycar career. He was always just a very fortunate average driver, good in a good car, crap in a crap car which apart from his Ferrari days was most of the time. but never better than his team mate in the same machinery. But he definitely was a winner for blaming everything and everyone else for his poor performances.
As for Maldo's pace, I'm sure the fact we saw things flying off the car in qualify may be a reason for that. The lap when he went off he was on a flyer and had two green boxes in the first two sectors, so your point is pointless, and baseless.
Edited by GSF1, 25 March 2012 - 00:44.