Posted 13 November 2012 - 21:54
I see many people still underestimate the amount of points Pastor has thrown out by his stupid mistakes. I have absolutely no doubt Bottas would've outscored Senna this year at Williams and the same goes for the majority of drivers you can think they're F1 level (they've also outscored Maldonado of course).
Pastor would have 116 points awarded from qualifying only, and the points thrown by him in the races look like:
- 10 or 12 points in Australia (he did not only crash, but also had made a mistake at the beginning of the race which costed him around 7 seconds and a position to Webber. Had this not happened, he wouldn't have needed to fight with Alonso for 5th and even 4th would've been achievable)
- 6-10 points in Monaco if he hadn't crashed into Perez during practise and got penalty for that
- 2 points in Canada if he hadn't crashed on a quick lap in Q3 losing top10 grid spot
- 15 points in Valencia (crash with Hamilton)
- 4-6 points in Silverstone (crash with Perez)
- 12 points in Spa (impending in qualy, jump start, crashed into Glock, 4th place is probably not overoptimistic assumption considering his quali pace)
I don't even count a bad start off the line in Hungary.
What does it mean? The car was capable of around 100 points with Maldonado's pace and no mistakes and Bruno has only scored only 30% of this.
+ points lost by Pastor due to bad luck
- 1 point in Malaysia (engine failure while running 10th just before end of the race)
- 6-10 points in Bahrain (puncture, he was 5th quickest driver on the circuit before that puncture and had been running in top10 at that point despite starting from the back of the grid)
- 6-10 points in Germany (damaged car after running over debris, when it happened he was running 6th with clearly better pace than Hulk who was ahead of him)
- 1-4 points in Italy (he had a slow puncture which forced him to change a strategy to what was less efficient according to the team, yet still finished less than 1 second from 10th)
- 12-15 points in Singapore (no comment needed)
- 2-8 points in Abu Dhabi (KERS failure, he could fight for podium as he was quicker than Alonso before his KERS failed)
How many points has Senna lost? Some for sure, but he hasn't potential to be anything near it, at least this season.
Senna has been scoring points consistently, but he has only 4 top8 finishes- the same as Maldonado, and 0 top5 finishes- compared to 2 Maldonado. I really don't understand how one can be impressed by a couple of 9th and 10th places when the car had top8 potential in all but 2 or 3 races this season. Bruno really needs to improve if he wants to deserve F1 seat. I can only see this if he actually had some kind of issue with tyres and is able to fix it in a short time, because he was neither really quick nor consistent this season (for example in Canada Maldonado has finished about a minute in front of him despite the fact of lower grid position and Senna had no serious issue during the race, he was also making some mistakes, getting penalties for causing collisions in Valencia, Suzuka, spun at important moment in Silverstone and had pleny of contacts with barriers in Singapore, he was also never looking like set to finish the race in top5 which is real shame in this car) and only comparison with ultra-crasher Maldonado makes him look not that bad.
Maldonado remains vastly superior in terms of potential and he will outperform Senna regularly if he can stay out of trouble, as in the last 6 races in which he really has made some progress. He is outscoring Bruno 14-6 in the last 6 races despite losing 2 podium opportunities due to mechanical problems. This is the difference between those two: Pastor seems to be improving his issue with crashing while Senna isn't improving in qualifying. No wonder, it was pointed many times that quick driver is more likely to stop crashing than another driver to solve his problems with pace.