Chavez is going to die. Trust me on this one, folks. Only thing is that we don't know when.
LOL The same can be said of us all! I know what you mean though
I think Pastor is getting a better run due to his experience with the team, the fact it his second year and mainly as PDVSA are basically saving the team in the medium term. It depends on how the team rate Rubens' 2011. If they think Rubens did OK by Rubens standards then Pastor did very well.
As for Senna, I think there was a budget shortfall and when they analysed him the possibly realised he isn't that bad after all. And he has put in son impressive quali performances - it must be said.
The reason I rate Bottas is becuase his performance is impressive considering his inexperience. He is *VERY* inexperienced, yer handled the car in the tests he did like a pro by all accounts.
I always subscribe to the notion that top drawer F1 drivers don't need time to handle the cars and find speed: They can just do it. Think Raikkonen, Button, Vettel, Kubica of the recent generation. Regardless of experience, they got their bums in F1 machinery and just went quick. It may have taken them a bit of time to get consistency and work with ther team to optimise things but they looked like they belonged from lap 1.
Bottas did that in my opinion in the young driver tests.
P.S - 2009 - I remember seeing some footage of Rosberg's first laps in a F1 car at Barcelona in 2002/3ish. He came boiling out of the pits and into the first corner like Mansell on a qually run. At that very first moment I though "he'll be good". Just the ease with which he handled it all.
I think we now realise how good Rosberg is. I don't mean compared to Alonso or Vettel or whatever, I mean in general. If he can outqualify any iteration of Schumacher by .5sec frequently then it puts Nakajima into perspective. Naka underperformed, but Rosberg flattered the car in Qualifying, leading to depressing races. He lacked fight sometimes, and the team bungled many other opportunities that year too. But the Mercedes thing has proved to me that the FW31 was reasonable, and Rosberg was pretty good. ~In fact considering the Toyota's poor power output, the FW31 was probably pretty good.
My annoyance with Rosberg is similar today as 2009: Excellent qualifier, good starter, slips back due to poor car but doesn't reall fight it.
I've spent my life watching Mansell and Alesi. Hence everytime someone nails Rosberg i'm usually yelling "For god's sake fight for it boy!" - Even now he's at Mercedes!