"I've had a chuckle at some of the quotes as well, When the results are in, and the fat lady has done the thing with her vocal chords i like looking back on threads like these, just to get a feel for how the reality of things might differ from the expectations, this thread reminded me of the first "Button to McLaren" thread. Here are a few that made me chuckle. I'll start with a quote of my own, since that one also proved to be incorrect.
"I've already said that Grosjean wont be a pushover"
"Imo a lot of people thinks Kimi will beat Grosjean, and I have the feeling Grosjean is not only going to beat Kimi but destroy him."
"Imo Grosjean will be the "rookie of the year" (well, despite being Alonso team mate for me he´s still a rookie), and he will clearly overpace Kimi. He has the talent to be the new "Alain Prost"."
"Great thing is, qualifying has never been his specialty. He's a better racer than qualifier, much like Lewis" <--Grosjean, btw, just in case anyones wondering.
"and Kimi is about 7 years past his use by date, so I think Romain will surprise a lot of people."
"Im going to stick my neck out and say that Grosjean will finish above Kimi in the wdc. There i said it"
"My opinion is that Grosjean has been, is and will be better, and I feel the case for this is pretty strong."
"Lotus should focus to Romain, he is the future for them. Younger, faster, cheaper contract. Once he gets consistent, he is money."
"No matter what happened today, at the end of the year, Grosjean will most likely be ahead of Raikkonen in the standings. Now he is clearly the faster driver of the two."
"Actually my bet is Romain taking the first win if it ever happens. There is just so much bad luck that this guy can take on 1st lap incidents.. Kimi even if he qualifies 5 he goes back after lap 1, and that is not how you win a race with this highly competitive grid."
"Luckaly Grosjean is such a massive talent and will have more bright races ahead of him. The results will speak for themselves."*
*Not bolded in original quote.
So, there's a little look back at peoples instincts, feelings, expectations and predictions, and as pointed out, the results certainly do speak for themselves.
Points KR 207
Wins KR 1
Races Completed KR All 20
RG 12/20 (12/19 If you dont count his self inflicted Ban)
Points scoring positions KR 19/20
Podiums KR 7
There we have it, now, as i said somewhere around the beginning of this thread, I quite like Romain, or rather, i did, I liked his enthusiasm, his openness and approachability, and of course, the flashes of real racer that he occasionally showed, a couple of times this season though, he's shown a tendency to either blame others for his own mistake, or try and downplay/rationalise his own errors, this, like some of the quotes above, is something of a "feeling", but i sense a subtle change in his character.
When Kimi overdid it and spun in qualifying his answer to the question "What happened", was simply "I spun", not "I spun because of the tyres" or "I spun because of a distraction", just a straightforward admittance that he spun, similarly, when Romain was outqualifying him he simply said "Qualifying isn't going/didn't go as i wanted, Romain is faster" and i just get the sense that Romain is more reluctant to accept responsibility for his own shortcomings.
I feel he has let the team down, they had a great chance for 3rd in WCC, and the extra money that that would bring which would obviously help in the development race, imo if the team aren't looking closely at replacing him, then they should be.
Kimi has scored more than double Romains points, the only other 2 drivers to have done so are a 2 and 3 times WDC, Kimi has finished ahead of both McLarens, one Red Bull and one Ferrari, Romain has finished behind both McLarens, both Red Bulls, and both Ferrari's.
I think now we've seen the season completed, and the points tallied we can only deduce that Kimi has won this particular team battle, and he's done it quite convincingly."
Can Romain step up to the mark ? Can Kimi begin where he left off last season ?
My gut instinct is that once again Kimi's class will show through, as for Romain, who knows ?.
Edited by swerved, 18 December 2012 - 18:21.