that is exactly what happened.
i believe it was Ron's intention for his "experiment" to drive the best car and learn from the best driver in the series starting from his very first year in F1.
but the plan soon changed. commercial interest alone was enough for it to happen that way. its understandable.
having a spaniard put an end to the Kaiser domination was not news to sells those newspapers.
then Lewis surprised everybody giving hope to british fans, and the terribly untruthful and cruel press shaped that hope at will.
while spanish press was also being biased, the level of manipulation cannot be compared.
equality in McLaren 2007? i laugh not to cry
it would also be interesting to compare those 2 and the relative performance of the cars they had, treatment from the press, from the FiA and race director, etc...
please some fanboy come here try and sell me Lewis and his noble moral values or something.
you needed that hero, you have it.
but don't sell it to us! its an experiment
Damn, that's one hell of a unobjective post! Stop
Alonso lost by half a point to one of greatest F1 talents ever - its not such a big shame and you don't need to rewrite history. But this is what happens when you overglorify a driver and then get a good dose of reality. Alonso is great driver, but not unbeatable demigod - he can lose in a fair way against his teammate, and thats exactly what happened in 2007.
Cut all the press BS aside. Who had more team cockups and car failures in 2007? That is only relevant question.
AFAIK - it was Hamilton, and even if it were Alonso it wouldn't mean anything unless you have one guy with perfect car, and other guy with car breaking every second race (HINT: Ferrari in Rubens/Schumacher era).
Alonso complained about not being given nr1 status. He himself said he doesn't believe in driver equality and I can understand that, but he needed to know that McLaren will try to replicate equality as much as possible if Hamilton is any good. And he was way better than anyone expected. In short, Alonso underestimated Hamilton and expected clear nr1 status that he had in Renault, but insted got a fierce and dirty (Hungary 2007) rival instead of tame kid that will be happy to be his second fiddle.
Btw, if you really think McLaren is such an evil Lewis Hamilton empire - why the hell is Button happy with it? Why doesn't Kovalainen (who DID play second fiddle in second part of 2008. and throughout 2009. to Lewis) say anything bad about McLaren?
Edited by velgajski1, 18 June 2010 - 04:51.