What a load of crap. Sorry Tony, but this is pathetic.
The core of Tony's argument is that the driver with the best car wins (oh - that didn't bother you last year, did it Tony?) - But now - HORRORS! Lewis isn't in the best car - what WILL we do?????
Tony is out to lunch - to whit :
In Oz I was delighted to see Brawn/Button at the front and Hamilton/McLaren coming from the back. Not because I've anything against either Lewis or McLaren but because it was a perfect illustration of everything that's wrong with F1. From zero to hero and hero to zero respectively, so inevitably and inescapably, all down to the car.
Note that Tony doesn't state WHY Lew and co. came in "at the back"....
Yeah - pathetic that the best car should win. A sad day for F1.
The only thing strange about this scenario is that McLaren or Ferrari weren't the winner - had Lewis or Massa won, you think Tony would have his knickers in a twist?
In Formula 1, we don't. We think that Senna, Schumacher, Alonso, Hamilton, etc, are the best, but that's not good enough. We need to know.
Well - Now Lewis isn't in the best car - now you know. When Lew was in the best car, Tony, I don't remember hearing that we should equalize things...(evenwhen Lewis was chucking away a WDC with both hands) Senna started out in a TOLEMAN - not the best of cars - he graduated to a LOTUS (at the time, not the best of cars) - within 5 years of staring his F1 career he was in a McLaren (at the time the BEST of cars). What a spoiled brat that Senna, eh? Oh. He had to work for it. Funny that you weren't screaming blue murder when the 1994 Williams wasn't up to snuff, eh, Tony?
With budget caps purportedly on the horizon, where stands the future of the mega-buck salaried driver?
OOOOOH - Perhaps they wouldn't be able to milk the best team of a gajillion $$$???? waaah.
Personally, I hate it when someone does a Damon Hill, Jacques Villeneuve or Lewis Hamilton, and comes straight into F1 in the best car without any record that warrants it, although Hamilton might be able to take issue there.
Yeah - after all, hamilton finished 2nd at Indy in his first year and won the Indycar championship and the Indy 500 in his second.... oh - is that someone else?
Yeah Tony, I'll bet you really HATE THAT _ but give poor Lewwie a break - after all - he's had nothing but McLaren's help, support, and patronage for the last 13 years...pooor guy - whereas Villeneuve made the sad mistake of BURSTING upon F1 through the obvious and simpler expedient of 3 years of Italian F3, 2 years of Toyota Atlantic and 2 years of EXTRAORDINARY Indycar performance (check it if you don't believe me). If Hamilton had HALF the experience of JV, he'd be happy. -
I'm not being tough on Lewis here - it isn't his fault that McLaren love him - but for Dodgins to suggest the Hamilton deserves the benefit of the doubt while those "pathetic" losers Damon (rode motorcycles - nuff said) JV (stated) don't.... I mean - c'mon.
Sorry Tony - bollocks;
And driver-wise you'd have a true meritocracy. No more average Joe forever in a championship-winning car because the sponsors like him
Yeah - remember all those AVERAGE Schumacher, Senna, Prost and Stewart years - so sad that we had to pay the price of their marketability...
... and - why do you think that Lewis is SO SAD that he is being branded a "liar"? Because he's worried what his girlfriend will think??? C'mon. Lew is toeing the line because he feels he has to.
Sorry, but I can't really see the downside. Never have done. If anyone wants to tell me properly, I'd be all ears. If it's time to fix F1, let's fix it properly.
I can see a downside. You think Renault would favour Alonso or Hamilton? You think McLaren would favour Hamilton or Alonso.... C'MON!!!! What is the point of running a team if you can't have the best person to run your car effectively??? Why spend the extra money to be told that you won the WDC with Glock, Hamilton, Alonso, Sutil, Smith and Jones??? What Dodgins is suggesting is a load of bollocks. If he is so upset about the way things are run, the obvious solution is a standard car and formula, such that each driver gets equal equipment. I find this idea a little repulsive as the idea of Formula One (though it has forgotten it in the recent past) is that it should be a testbed for new and hard to explore technologies (yes - KERS is a good start). Why bother if the formula is standardised and supplied by one supplier? No - So we must have teams to innovate and survive or die on Darwinian selection.
Tony is in denial - Button is winning and Lewis is lying. Poor Tony. How the mighty have fallen. The fact that racing has been refreshed- that the forgotten have a chance to show their true character, that new cars are winning and old standards (Ferrari and McLaren) are struggling like Minardis of the past should be cause for jubilation - not pointless navel-gazing in the hopes of a new "driver aristocracy" predicated upon previous bias.... (Imagine the first Alonso failure in a McLaren or the first Hamilton failure in a Renault... and if you argue that any of this is self-defeating, I suggest you re-watch the 2007 WDC.)
Please - I don't want this to be a pro - anti - Hamilton thread - this is Tony Dodgins - not Lewis - saying these things. If you, as I do, disagree with these things, please argue with circumspection and respect. If you disagreee, I'd request the same courtesy.
All in all, a ridiculous idea, as far as I am concerned. But, what do you think?