Are you guys kidding? the 2007 McLaren was faster and would of scored more points if Alonso wasn't neutered by Ron's novel take on "equality" and if Hamilton didn't drop his 17 point lead in the last two races.
I think the truth came out when Pat Symonds spoke and confirmed that Alonso has a way of working where he expects No.1 but that it didn't fit in with a) a very quick team mate, and b) McLaren's policy of equality. Between Alonso on one side and Dennis on other - both of whom are obviously biased parties and as such their views can't be trusted over the other's, it is obvious that Pat is about as unbiased as we can reasonably get. Not only that, he has said how highly he rates Alonso and the added benefit of working with him for many years - i.e he knows Alonso very, very well.
I don't disagree that Ron could have handled things better that year. In fact both Ron and Whitmarsh have acknowledged that, and hence have taken great steps with both Heikki and Jenson to ensure that whilst balancing the ever important championship aspirations of the team as a whole. But Ron himself has said something very interesting - that when Alonso first joined the team, he tried to convince Ron to put Pedro de la Rosa in the second seat, and actually warned Ron that putting a rookie in there could cost McLaren the championship - not because for the reasons that transpired, but because already then Alonso was analysing the situation and recognised that a rookie would not (be expected) to perform well enough to take valuable points away from Alonso's competitors - the Ferrari drivers. This clearly showed Alonso's thinking - he didn't even remotely consider Hamilton as a threat. Why would he? Rookies don't generally perform at the top level straight away, especially if they haven't had a full year or two of testing. So naturally it must have come as some surprise for Alonso after that first race. Then the next. And the one after.
Alonso is a superb driver, fast, analytical, excellent racecraft - a complete driver and one of the very, very best. But regarding his attitude on where he sees himself with each team he drives for - well the writing is very clearly on the wall. Pat Symonds couldn't have made it any clearer than that. Not that I have a problem with it, as generally Alonso deserves No.1 status and what right does anyone have to complain if the team he's driving for is happy to give it to him. But to blame the majority of 2007 problems on Ron is misleading. Ron had the unenviable task of balancing, on the one hand a No.1 status demanding 2xWDC who he was paying top $$$$$$$$ for whilst on the other hand, a rookie but sure-to-be future star who wouldn't roll over and play and held McLaren up to its policy of equality. There was only one right thing for Ron to do.
PS. If anyone isn't already aware of the quotes I'm referring to, let me know and I'll dig it up.