Just as some thought Hülkenberg or Vettel would be, for example ;)
I love Australia (I live in Melbourne) and I like Dan very much (he was very nice to me and even took some time to talk to me in the paddock), but I think he will get crushed. It happens sometimes in F1: a driver gets in the path of another monster and his career gets shaken up.
We now know Hulkenberg is more Kovalainen than Raikkonen or Hakkinen, of course, being regularly outqualified by di Resta and Barrichello is not a good look!
Besides, the notion of Riccardio being crushed like Pizzonia is utterly absurd, he has outqualified Vergne after all.
My concern is how forgettable they have both been - they have shown absolutely nothing to say they are better than the old duo, awaiting "unlocking of potential" or otherwise. Obviously the better drivers like Schumacher, and even solidly upper-midfield types like Kobayashi or indeed Grosjean's latest appearence - did not need time to find speed in f1, the innate ability to drive an f1 car is there. If they were indeed beating a Sutil or Raikkonen in the other car, then of course the assessment, even given a lowly 8th best car, would be far easier.
Edited by V8 Fireworks, 10 June 2012 - 13:51.