I say it a lot, good, talented drivers dont get better with experience, the Alonso from Minardi was no worst than the Alonso today, Hamilton is neither better nor slower.
I still remember being the only one that believed that Hamilton would give Alonso a run for his money on his "rookie" season, people still dont understand that this drivers have raced all their lives and when they get to F1 there is very little (if any) room for improvement, all F1 drivers know this.
I see your points regards to raw speed, but experience can make all the difference over an F1 season or even the odd race weekend. There is always room for improvement, or just very hard work to stay on the same level. Then there's learning from mistakes etc.
IMO Lewis needed to start with a lower team. I too was not surprised with the right equipment that he could match Alonso (they all learnt their trade in Karting after all and still use it during the winter fitness programs) , but with say Heiki at McLaren in his first year, I'm not sure the drivers would have pushed each other to that level.
Lewis's young attitude combined with his speed also upset the balance at McLaren and cost them both championships. I think his experience would allow him to form a much better partnership in the future with Alonso.
What's fascinating about Lewis's first season, is that both drivers are quoted as saying that they pushed each other harder than anyone in their careers.
Alonso and Hamilton are the only two drivers since Senna who can consistently drag a 5th or 6th best car on the day, much higher than it should be.
I think it's a shame that the fans of these drivers havn't seen eye to eye since, as their competitiveness and respect for each other is worth celebrating.
Edited by Mr2s, 29 May 2012 - 08:44.