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A majority of the driver decisions across the paddock are smart, however the ones that aren't really stand out, namely with regards to Hulkenberg and Maldonado.It would be a crime for a driver as talented as Hulkenberg not to get a top flight drive. Granted the heavy hitters are already accounted for but the combination of Grosjean and the German at Lotus could make for the best young team on the grid - that is to say Lotus gets its act together financially.In the case of Maldonado, he's had more than enough time to prove his worth as a driver and has come up short on all accounts. People will be quick to point at a win in Spain, but that was during an unusually unpredictable time performance-wise.I've heard Maldonado isn't getting nearly the same funding he was during Chavez's reign so hopefully there's still a chance that money isn't everything - I'm doubtful though.
....*silence*....My dumb self just grasped the concept of a driver learning an entirely new style of driving for cars that transcend traditional physically-linked elements in favor of 100% digital inputs. Here I've been struggling to explain the brain functions of analog vs digital generations (I grew up with the decision tree as a guiding rule, for instance, vs. 'twiddling a knob' for results) to people of an older age. I still refuse to believe that Vettel is that much different or better, but if sufficient evidence can be produced, I could maybe agree to certain advantages his training and youthful experience might yield against older competitors. Maybe.