Gabriel Polychronis is a motorsport enthusiast, taking a particularly strong interest in Formula One. Gabriel shares his opinions via F1 News & Views Podcast along with his brother, Jacob.
July 6th, 2012 (F1plus / Gabriel Polychronis).- The Pressure Gauge is a segment that is run on each preview edition of F1 News & Views. It is designed to analyse how much pressure certain drivers are currently bearing.
The Pressure Gauge Levels: Stone-cold, Low, Medium, High, Extreme.
Paul di Resta – Low: Force India has made some significant improvements to the car and their points easily reflect this. After just eight races, the Indian team have already scored more than half of their 2011 season points. Part of the team’s success is due to Paul di Resta’s stellar performances this season. He currently sits in eleventh place in the drivers’ standings with 27 points – ten more than his teammate in fourteenth. Considering Paul di Resta’s strong performances, coupled with the low expectations that Force India-Mercedes currently hold, it is easy to place di Resta in the Low category of The Pressure Gauge.
Mark Webber – Medium: Mark Webber has been extremely consistent across the eight races so far. Even when he started nineteenth on the grid in Valencia, he still managed to finish in fourth place. He also sits in a high second place in the drivers’ standings; however he has been unable to create a gap between his rivals in terms of points. Webber’s consistency is sure to eliminate a great deal of pressure; however he is racing for a dual championship team and expectations are still extremely high. Nonetheless, considering RBR expect Sebastian Vettel to win the championship, it’s hard to argue that Webber will be sweating things out too much.
Pastor Maldonado – Medium: Pastor Maldonado’s win in Spain proved to the world that he is capable of winning races and scoring big points, which definitely released any pressure that he may have been bearing. Maldonado has suffered some bad luck and has committed some careless errors that have rendered him unable to score any points since his memorable victory in Spain. The Venezuelan needs to gain points soon; otherwise he will exceed the Medium category of The Pressure Gauge.
Romain Grosjean – High: Romain Grosjean currently sits in the respectable position of seventh. He has scored fifty-three points so far, but it could easily be much more. Gorsjean has proven that he can gain podium finishes as he has already done so twice, however, he has only finished four of the eight races so far, whereas Kimi Räikkönen has finished all eight. In Grosjean’s defence, his retirement in Valencia was due to an electromechanical failure, but the car was never at fault for his other three retirements.
Grosjean has the potential to lead Lotus-Renault to championships in the future but to do this, he must finish his races which will ultimately result in his departure of the High category.