So Barrichello finally out-qualified Jenson last weekend thereby proving the promise of the season, and today he’s done it again. Before the season had started who can deny that it was one of the most interesting battles.
The logic goes something like this. The best way to judge a driver is by his team mate. How he drives versus his team mate is one of the most important factors. The thing is that when the other driver in your team is Michael Schumacher then it’s a slightly unfair comparison. Nobody else came close for a couple of years there and Rubens was left trying to hold his own. And Rubens did well. I mean it wasn’t necessarily awesome but he certainly beat Michael on a number of occasions.
And Jenson has, actually, beaten most of his team mates (in fact it may be all – I can’t remember). And all of his defenders have claimed that he is a great driver but that he’s just never had the right car. The problem is that we haven’t been able to test this until now. Now we have a driver who has been in a Ferrari. A great car. And we wanted to know, to really know how good Jenson was. And a fight with Rubens was the only way to do that.
At the beginning of the season it looked dismal. It looked like we might have all have been wrong about Barrichello. He might have been propped up by that good car and once he was in an ordinary car have turned out to be an ordinary driver. But oh no. Now we are really seeing the true story. Now we are seeing Rubens really show what Jenson is made of.
Last week Bernie accused Alonso of not doing enough for the sport and saying that Jenson would be a good world champion. Of course that was just Bernie doing what he does best – stirring. And especially supporting the British driver to the British press. But he did have a point of a sort. Jenson does more PR and because he does more PR the media reward him with ideas above his station. If it was a driver from any other nation then we would be treating a driver like Jenson as a punchline. And yet… And yet we are being asked to consider Jenson as world championship material when…
HE HAS NEVER WON A RACE!