It was definitely more than the on-track incident that got him suspended and essentially blackballed from F2. If it were as simple as that Vettel would've gotten a lot more punishment for the same thing with Hamilton at Baku. Driving the car back through the paddock on his cell phone, the alleged slurs against Maini, both a lot worse than what happened on track.Oh, you're right. I got completely turned around.
I was disappointed he didn't get a full time gig, but Santino has now got a really good part time gig with a great team. Hopefully he can turn that into a full season next year, and maybe get some good results this weekend.
I'm kind of a Santino fan because I love all the butthurt he caused in Europe. I mean, he redefined butthurt. Thing is, he got all the Euro weenies so upset, just by brushing his teammate's tire after a race, It was nothing. And then ...... everyone went apesh*t. When you see F1 drivers colliding on the straights, a little tire scrubbing on the cool down lap really should not be a big deal, except, that is, when it's an American. The people on the European forums lost their minds. They literally lost their stuff. Some of their butts are still on fire. Awesome.
So no, Santino did not get a fair shake over there because they would have let any Frenchman do the same thing and act like they didn't see it. So far the only person Santino has upset over here has been Daly, and Daly severely overreacted to the entire thing. As long as Santino keeps his nose clean, I'm gonna hope he does well.
When he's ready we can send him back over there to create some new butthurt.
And he absolutely has beef with everyone at Andretti and a number of others in IndyCar but as long as he doesn't resort to some of the stuff done over there I don't mind him racing here, because he definitely has some talent and flair, particularly on the ovals.
Good to just generally see the third RLL car anywhere outside of Indy too. The Race seems to think Antonio Felix da Costa might make an appearance or two after the FE season ends at somewhere like Portland or Laguna Seca.Good on Santino, good opportunity to open some eyes for next season.
Not to mention, I like how HyVee is on the B2B train and seems pretty committed to racing now.