No Ron just let them race it out. When Lewis was complaining at Monaco it was because he WAS no2, after that they had parity. Even after Fernando betrayed the team to Max, and actually had lunch with him, Ron still gave him a car and let him race for it. Fernando very very nearly won too.
Ron is a total racer, incredibly sporting. Any other team would have nailed Fernando to the floor and handed every possible advantage to Lewis. As it was, Fernando had the car to beat Lewis in the 3 races after Hungary. Credit where it's due. Ronster .
That's a valid point of view, and I totally second your opinion on that, undersquare.
However, the crux lies in communication - like I said the little "signals" that Ron might have given and obviously has given.
If he would have consistently said, whatever the situation, "guys, race it out, you both have the same preferential treatment" then it would have been clear to both.
But as Ron is and always has been (just read Niki Lauda's account on his time with McLaren) he likes to pamper his primadonnas.
Now when you do this to both:"Lewis, you know, in my heart you are the # 1, you always have been since you came up to me that day..." or "Come on Fernando, you are the double world champion, it is clear who is the team leader!" then this will brew into a very nice storm sooner or later.
Please translate the former into Ronspeak at your discretion, I am not good at it.
As Niki explained, and as was later evidenced by the meltdown between Prost and Senna. Also between Raikkonen and Montoya the potential was there, but there it did not materialize due to Montoya's strange loss of interest. Instead of exploding like a volcano he just left...
Yet, when both Kimi and Juan-Pablo had left McLaren at the end of 2006 they gave very telling soundbites.
Interestingly, when Ron was very clear about #1 and #2 (the Hakkinen/Coulthard years) there was the least friction in the team driverwise.
So yes, I too admire Ron for his many WDC's and WCC's
, for his corporate culture which is unparalleled, yet in the department of driver management and pampering primadonnas he is not as expert as he thinks he is.
Edited by aditya-now, 15 January 2010 - 10:59.