>Am I the only one with any faith in Diniz.
There were so many maybes and ifs in my post about Ligier it can hardly be
considered a condemnation of Diniz. I don't know what the guy will do,
but he's done nothing yet, so it's tough to have high expectations. If he
was going to be good, I would have expected him to outpace Moreno more
>He compared favourably with Moreno who is also underated (2nd in Japan
I think Moreno has always been overrated. He is slow as molasses; a
career number 2 if there ever was one. He did nothing to impress with
Benetton, and that was five years ago. People like him because he's sweet
and little and bald. If Piquet had blown up in Japan, Moreno would have
won. What would that have proved? Not that he was quick, that's for
>If you look at his Autosport Fantasy Grand Prix score you will see
>that he was a good driver to go for in that (on account that he started at
>the back and so gained lots of places).
I have to admit, the Autosport Fantasy GP is one of the better indications
of driver skill.
>No I don't think he is a superstar, but is in the same mould as Panis
>(though not as good): reliable. Combine both Panis and Diniz with a Ligier
>Mugen, and you have a recipe for nigh on 100% finish. I am sure that
>Ligier stands to do well if any of the higher teams suffer with
That doesn't cut it for a guy who wants his team to _be_ one of the higher
teams and finish in the top 5 amongst constructors. No wonder Walkinshaw
is so disappointed. He's a racer himself; I bet the last thing he wants
to see is a season full of reliability runs. Brundle dominated Panis last
year, and Walkinshaw apparently couldn't keep him because of budget cuts.
To keep their place (5th) Ligier needed to raise their game this year to
fend off the probably improved Saubers and maybe any of Tyrrell, Jordan
and Arrows. Having Brundle in the seat for a full season would have been
a step in the right direction. Having Diniz there may be a step back,
which I speculated may have been Walkinshaw's concern. Maybe I'm wrong
and Walkinshaw prefers Diniz to Brundle and is only concerned with the
budget cuts' negative impact on R&D and testing. Diniz fans: feel free to
believe that scenario. And keep playing Autosport _Fantasy_ GP.
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