How good is good? How bad is bad?
Is really a discussion of the intangibles, which makes an Alonso, Hamilton, Vettel, Schumacher special and makes a Fisichella, Webber, Barichello 'average'. Few drivers have the extra something which makes them GP winners, and potential WDC drivers. Webber and Barichello have both shown themselves as being able to in the right car, at the right time to be able to battle for multiple wins, and contend for the WDC, but I would argue that they are more seen as very good drivers, rather than great drivers.
Can a team like HRT expect an Alonso, Hamilton, Vettel or Schumacher as their driver? And would we be able to 'see' that a new great driver had emerged? I maintain that one of the best season performances, were Alonso's first, where he technically were placed lower than Tarso Marques, yet showed so much more than that.
Getting a known quantity into the cars must be HRT's first priority, and I personally think that Pedro de la Rosa is a better known quantity than Liuzzi, and age none-withstanding will allow HRT to know where they are with the car, compared to the other teams, and towards whoever ends being his team mate.
Essentially I am of the opinion, that many drivers get a longer career than they 'should' have, since unless you have 'it' then I want to next in line to be given their chance. These rose tinted ideas worked better back in the days, when F1 was not a closed franchise, and when testing could be performed during the season as well.
It is easy for me, not having to foot the bill stating that bringing in a team from either of:
Would be the better option, but I understand that this may not really be true.