The only one who had preferential treatment is Alonso and even in his case, the car updates he recieved does not explain the discrepancies in the respective times of himself and Piquet/Grosjean. Hamilton recieved early updates twice and one one of those occassions Kovalainen prefered the older parts. Hamilton receiving those updates dont equate to the time gaps he left Kovalainen trailing in his wake.
Jeez, why do you even mentione name Grosjean? What kind of point is that? The guy was not even strongeest in GP2. He got brought to F1 with NO TESTING and you consider him a measurement? Piquet? Hardly setting world on fire in GP2 and getting to F1 only through his famous name? Against double WDC and multi season driver? And you are looking to comparable balance between Kubica and Heidfeld who is still, after 4 years, 3 times more exzperienced than Kubica? Heidfeld who actually WAS a F3000 champion. And has experience in multiple f1 cars (many shit ones) What kind of balanced comparison is that? Why don't you look at Alonso vs Trulli in 2004*? Ws Alonso dominating Trulli in 2004? Untill the latter got fired not to bother Briatiore and his biggest asset?
*still with teamboss also Alonso manager
Hamilton. The biggest marketing treasure in F1 history. The hen that is laying golden egg for McLaren every second step he makes? They will throw everything behind him, as he earns them fortunes. Kovalainen was not hired to put Lewis out of balance. Quite contrary after turbulent 2007 McLaren lineup.
I fully agree that both Alonso and Hamilton are enormous talents and top of the top. But the measurement against teammates you are set for is flawed from very beginning.
Just take a deep breath a look again at your comparison: Heidfeld, Piquet and (oh boy...) Grosjean.
1. What did they achive prior to F1?
2. How many races they accumulated in F1?
3. What was their lead teammates relationship and history with their respective teams? And their teambosses who both (Flavio and Ron) invested their own money in their young drivers' carrers many years ago
You want comparison between Hamilton and Kubica? They drove only one race in same team (Macau 2004). Go here and check the stats of all sessionshttp://forix.autospo...&...44081&c=132
3 21 Lewis Hamilton Dallara/Mercedes 2'16.003 0.787 10 161.996
4 22 Robert Kubica Dallara/Mercedes 2'16.009 0.793 11 161.989
1 22 Robert Kubica Dallara/Mercedes 2'12.303 13 166.526
2 21 Lewis Hamilton Dallara/Mercedes 2'12.949 0.646 10 165.717
1 21 Lewis Hamilton Dallara/Mercedes 2'12.344 15 166.475
20 22 Robert Kubica Dallara/Mercedes 2'17.217 4.873 5 160.563
1 22 Robert Kubica Dallara/Mercedes 2'12.155 16 166.713
2 21 Lewis Hamilton Dallara/Mercedes 2'12.415 0.260 12 166.385
1st warm up
1 21 Lewis Hamilton Dallara/Mercedes 2'12.904 4 165.773
3 22 Robert Kubica Dallara/Mercedes 2'14.689 1.785 4 163.576
2nd warm up
1 22 Robert Kubica Dallara/Mercedes 2'11.485 9 167.562
3 21 Lewis Hamilton Dallara/Mercedes 2'12.102 0.617 6 166.780
Fastest race lap
1 22 Robert Kubica Dallara/Mercedes 2'13.215 9 165.386
3 21 Lewis Hamilton Dallara/Mercedes 2'13.869 0.654 8 164.578
Much between them, erhhh?
Edited by Gemini, 10 October 2009 - 02:17.