Discussing The Four Drivers In "The Zero Points Club"
Seven races in and 157 points off the lead, is there still hope for these four drivers?
At this point in 2019, after seven races there were just two drivers from one constructor with zero points; George Russell & Robert Kubica of Williams, unfortunately in 2020 both George Russell and Williams feature again, as well as three other drivers from two other constructors, lets take a look at each drivers season so far and how far they are off those first elusive points of the season.
Last chance for Romain? Photo credits: PlanetF1
Highest Finish: 13th
Average Finishing Position: 15.8
I wrote an article on "Drivers with Points To Prove" where Grosjean featured and as of this writing, I don't feel like he has made his claim to a seat with Haas in 2021, but how much of that is actually Romain's fault and how much of it is down to the car and the under-performing Ferrari Power Unit? Well it's difficult to gauge, some might say the Haas has been a difficult beast to manage with its fair share of reliability issues, coupled with an underpowered Ferrari engine is making this season one to forget for both driver and team. Romain has been keeping up with his teammate this season, in qualifying he is losing 4-3 and in race results he is drawing 3-3, so its not a case of underperforming against his teammate and with his teammate scoring just one point, I do think its safe to say its more the car than driver as to why he is pointless at this stage, we all know Romain is quick, if not prone to mistakes, but surely a driver with his experience and proven pace can't finish a season pointless for the first time in a full season, can he?
Rookie of the season... Photocredits: Sportgrill.blog
Highest Finish: 11th
Average Finishing Position: 16.4
Its been a tough season so far for the only rookie on the grid, with a lot of learning curves. Latifi does have the highest finishing position out of anyone on this list coming from the chaotic season opener at the Austrian Grand Prix, albeit finishing last of the eleven who finished the race. From the outset the odds are stacked against him this season; he's in a car that, although has made massive improvements on last year, is still overall the worst car on the grid, he has fantastic teammate in George Russell (more on him shortly) who has consistently beaten him in qualifying and the races and in truth looks more likely to score Williams' first points of the season. All is not lost for Latifi though, he has been improving every week and he has had to learn in one of the most unpredictable seasons of F1 and in a team that, until recently, was very unsure of its future. He was very competitive in Formula 2, finishing runner up in the championship in 2018 and has the backing of the Williams team, already been tied to a contract for 2021 so he knows his seat is safe, now he just needs to crack on and repay the faith the Iconic constructor has put in him.
King of Q1? Photocredits: Beyond the flag
Highest Finish: 12th
Average Finishing Position: 16.2
Oh Georgey Russell, you are the first driver that's ever made me celebrate a 12th place in qualifying, as a Williams fan, Russell has provided Williams fans with plenty of excitement with his qualifying antics this season, getting into Q2 on numerous occasions (that Q2 lap in the wet at the Styrian GP was very underrated), giving me and fellow Williams fans something to get excited about, but it just hasn't translated to race day and both Williams' tail off towards the back of the grid finding themselves scrapping with the Alfa's and the Haas'. If its frustrating me as a fan, I can only imagine how frustrating it is for the team. I do genuinely believe there is light at the end of the tunnel though and I do believe one, if not both, Russell and Latifi will end the season with points on the board, at least I hope.
The Iceman's farewell tour? Photocredits: Esentiallysports
Highest Finish: 11th
Average Finishing Position: 14
I feel very sorry for Kimi this season, and the frustration is clear. He was so close to not even appearing on this list, finishing 11th at the Styrian GP, since then he hasn't really looked like he would threaten the top ten. Kimi is one of my top five drivers of all time and if this is his last season in Formula 1 and the rumours are to be believed that Alfa Romeo are not looking to extend his contract past this season, then this would be a very unfitting way to bow out of a legendary career spanning nearly two decades. The Iceman deserves some points this season, he just does not have the car underneath him and with "The Temple of Speed" otherwise known as Monza coming up and a very underpowered Ferrari engine in the back, I can't see any points coming his way this week. On pure driving ability, however, Kimi can still hang with the best of them and that raw talent might just be enough to snatch a few points this season.
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