bad joke ...
anyways narain showed where daniel stands ... good to see hrt signed narain instead of liuzzi , petrov , chandok and other less talented drivers
Nope, not a bad joke. Ricciardo had to make his second stop early due to a problem in the first stop. In the four laps prior to his second stop Ricciardo lost roughly 15 seconds to Karthikeyan, due to the problem. The second stop was slow, also due to the problem he had, taking at least 17 seconds longer than his first stop. Because the second stop was so early, Ricciardo was forced to make a third stop he otherwise wouldn't have - that final stop cost 28 seconds. Sure, Narain had a bust front wing: but that was his fault for running up the back of another car. Ricciardo's problem was no fault of his own, and cost him huge chunks of time.
Ricciardo ultimately finished ~30 seconds behind Karthikeyan. Do the addition: 28 seconds lost from the extra stop, 15 due to slow laps caused by a mechanical issue, and around 15-20 seconds extra lost during the second stop. -30 +28 +15 +15 = ...
Don't get me wrong, though: I thought Narain had a very strong weekend. As far as the second HRT seat goes, he deserves it. So do a host of others, but I'm happy enough to see Narain there. He's clearly a step above some of the woeful pay drivers we've seen in the past. But he is now, and always will be, a paydriver who won't get a seat on talent.
Ricciardo, on the other hand, has bags of talent.
Edited by GhostR, 06 February 2012 - 12:23.