Opportunities Rise as Drivers Decline While Senna Eyes a Seat for '09

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Opportunities Rise as Drivers Decline While Senna Eyes a Seat for '09
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As the 2009 Formula One championship progresses into the fourth grand prix it is still uncertain which driver, if any, will establish dominance this season. For the first two grand prix it seemed as though Brawn GP would sail away with enough points to make catching up a nearly impossible task for their rivals.

Red Bull proved the contrary during qualifying and race day of the Chinese Grand Prix, showing that the battle for the drivers championship is still wide open.

With 17 teams now having been given the go ahead on the controversial diffuser designs employed by Brawn GP, Toyota, and Williams, the championship will begin taking on a new shape very soon.

On the other side of the spectrum, the three stooges of Formula One have been clearly defined over the last two years and despite the changes about to shake up the pecking order in F1 yet again, you can count on these guys to consistently under perform.

Kazuki Nakajima

I want to mention Kaz first because he has absolutely no excuse to be performing as poorly as he has been especially for the 2009 season where his car boasts the all so coveted diffuser and has proved its speed and consistency through the hands of Nico Rosberg.

Having qualified 11th for the first two grand prix and 14th for the third he has failed by far to match his teammate's efforts this season and has clearly endangered his career in doing so.

His two retirements and one 12th place finish has left him out of the points for every grand prix while having some of the shiniest tools in the Formula One Shed right now.

Nelson Piquet Jr

Another consistent under performer for the last two years has been Nelsinho. His car may not be as competitive as the Williams yet this year but it may be soon enough and when that time comes Renault would be smart to ensure that their team's full potential is reached by hiring on a new driver.

Piquet Jr's father wont be able to influence his career much longer as his son has been consistently at the back qualifying 14th, 17th, and 16th while on race day retiring in the first grand prix, and finishing 13th and 16th in the following two.

This is a driver who knows that his career has been under threat for quite some time now and still has not managed to improve. He is clearly in danger of losing his job at some point in the near future.

Sebastien Bourdais

There are clearly too many Sebastien's in Formula One. While Sebastien Buemi's problem of being the only rookie on the grid can be easily repaired, Sebastien Bourdais' problem of having been out performed by the only rookie in the league is not so easy to rectify.

Although Bourdais shows more promise than Kaz and Nelsinho, he has yet to establish himself as the number one driver on his team with consistently poor results edging him closer and closer to the Indy Racing League.

Bruno Senna

Here is a driver who's roots in racing have been planted by one of the greatest legends the sport in question has ever seen.

While most drivers on the grid today have decades of experience under their belts, Bruno has a mere four years under his and had almost certainly managed to reach the pinnacle of motorsport via a competitive test session along side the current World Driver Championship leader.

If hired, he will bring in sponsorship money, as well as an army of fans.

With drivers like the three stooges who are only capable of drawing attention via their comedic performances and otherwise have very little presence during the televised events it would be a no brainer to hire Senna instead as he is a well rounded package of skill, sponsorship money, and character.

He has clearly showed that he has the intense drive to be in the sport and to succeed as he has repeatedly turned down offers prior to the start of the season and has now turned down his Mercedes DTM offer in hopes to catch a mid season seat opportunity.

Let us not also forget that he is strongly backed by Bernie Ecclestone and has been advised by him to turn down any opportunities that may prevent him from joining Sebastien Buemi in the rookie club this season.

At the time being, he seems to be the perfect solution for Renault, STR, Williams, Force India, and maybe even Ferrari depending on how exponentially Kimi's motivation declines this season.

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