For all those who did not watch the BBC coverage of F1 last year,
and may only have started watching because Villeneuve is driving
Palmer is in NO WAY WHATSOEVER a Hill fan.
LAST YEAR palmer's commentating:
For practically all of last year Palmer was positively vindictive
in is comments about Hill's performance, in fact on several occasion he
was suggesting Williams was regretting giving a one year contract to Hill
instead of Coultard for 1996.
He constantly praised Schumacher pretty much all year while denigrating
LAST YEAR driver's racing (my opinions):
Hill althought performing better than Coultard most of the year made
some pretty basic errors and was no match for the talented
Schumacher/Benetton combination, (emphasis on Schumacer)
THIS YEAR palmer's commentating:
This year he's been full of praise for Hill while often denigrating
Villeneuve, however he still praises Schumacher as the BEST driver in
F1 even though he is not winning races.
THIS YEAR driver's racing (my opinions):
Hill has won 4/6 of races (in the best car - so far), out qualified
his teammate in all but one of the GP (on some occasions by over a
second -- thats huge!), and overall made hardly any mistakes.
Villeneuve drove superbly for a rookie in Melbourne, but in almost all
other GP been nowhere near as fast as his teammate, this in itself is
nothing to be ashamed of accept when you consider all the hype that has
been said about JV, (i.e, next Schumacher, World champ in the making etc..)
after all Coultard looked more of a threat to Hill at this time last year
than JV does at the moment.
Schumacher has turned the Ferrari operation round in just six races to
the point where he's been on pole at the last 2 GP. (cf the situation at
his old team).
Palmer is pretty accurate in is commentating however does have an
irritating tendency to be over critical, however he does not show
favouritism with his critism.
Villeneuve fans should ignore Palmers comments for the next few
races because I think JV deserves to be given at least 2/3 of a season
before any real judgement of his long term prospects in F1 can be made.
By the way one circuit I do think JV will out qualify Hill on is Imola,
since this circuit needs an agressive drive, remember Coultards last year?
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