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The Lotus in 2013 was an excellent car, probably the 2nd best to Red Bull. Grosjean should actually have finished higher in the championship than 7th. Kimi outqualified him 11-6 despite his relationship with the team deteriorating. Remember that they weren't even paying him.SgtKubica said:TAKIINOUE said:
2014&15: Well beaten by Grosjean, who isn't exactly one of the better drivers on the grid.
I'll have you know Grosjean is one of the best drivers on the grid. Remember Belgium 2015, where he came 3rd in a car that should have finished 10th-14th, beating the likes of Raikkonen, Hulkenberg, Bottas, and Massa in a fair fight. Also, Dubai 2015 where he came from dead last to 8th. Let's not forget Spain 2014 massively qualifying the car in 6th (I think) and finished in the top 10 in a car that was fighting over 15th and 16th. And the end of 2013 where he scored 6 podiums in 8 races, actually beating Raikkonen in majority of them. Although he didn't have the greatest start, he definitely developed as a great driver
Could also look at it this way:UP100 said:Senna755 said:One pole and one win doesn't set him apart from Senna or Stroll. His career was (pun intended) a car crash. He was in F1 for five seasons and his freak win was his only podium. In that time he scored less than a hundred points and retired from the race more than 30 times.UP100 said:Maldonado wasn't a bad driver. He was 3rd fastest driver in Minardi's tests back in 2004 only behind the drivers who raced for the team the next season. Also that car did not have any rear downforce... It was a torpedo tbh
In 2012 season Maldonado:
-Got on pole and won in Spain
-Started second in Singapore
-Started 3rd in Abu Dhabi
As for Bruno Senna, he was always expected to live up to somebody else's reputation. Had he had a different name and flown in under the radar, his career might have been very different.
2011 Williams was basically the 4th worst car on the grid
2012 Williams was great on some circuits and was able to beat Alonso's Ferrari in a duel for the win.
2013 Williams sucked
2014 Lotus sucked
2015 Lotus sucked, They had no money
He tries to push the car so much because he had really terrible cars and seems to be as quick as Grosjean in qualifying as the Lotus drivers usually qualified behind each other