In the round-up: Rubens Barrichello could stay at Williams this year.
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“Rubens Barrichello, the veteran who has driven for the team for the last two seasons, is back in with a chance of staying with [Williams] for 2012.”
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“Monaco-based di Resta, who works for less money than he was paid when he won the 2010 German Touring Car championship, comes from a racing background.”
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Comment of the day
The true test for Vettel will be when things do not go his way. When the car is not performing while others are, and when the media starts wagging and pointing their fingers and speculating as the why the double champion is no longer winning.
Other drivers have experienced that pressure recently, non more so than Lewis Hamilton and it is obviously a place no one wants to be in. But that is what you get when you are the supposed top man in your profession, and those who are quick to heap praise on the young German now will be also quick to pour scorn down the road when things get tough.
How he deals with the pressure if, for instance, Fernando Alonso has a strong 2012 or the McLarens improve is the million dollar question? Then we will see what Vettel is made of, in terms of his real personality and his ability to handle pressure. As far as his driving is concerned, he obviously is extremely talented, but I would like to see him perform in a sub-par car to really see how he gets on.
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