This is an interesting thread and good questions are raised about how well Sergio will perform. That said, who else could McLaren go for? The established drivers are all taken, any openings at this point require a gamble on unproven talent. Among the alternatives who seemed better? There are drawbacks to all the choices, but Sergio seems to have the most upside, especially in terms of race performance, which is what matters the most. Out of Grosjean, Kovalainen, Kobayashi, di Resta, Hulkenburg, Riccardo, Verne and Pic who makes a more compelling case as McLaren material, and why?
This thread has spent a lot of time hashing out the case for an against Sergio, but who honestly looked a better choice?
Well, the argument is that durr hurr there is tier one drivers and tier two drivers and never the twain shall meet
so McLaren should have taken Kimi back, however McLaren took an even bigger gamble on Kimi the first time as he had 0 podiums on the board before 2002, and Hanilton, who had 0 F1 races
. The only way you find another top driver is to give them a top car. If they Massa or Heikki up the place, then lesson learned and you move on. Thus far the two big risks, Kimi and Lewis, worked better for McLaren than their drivers with a prior reputation, Alonso and Montoya.
Everyone probably talked up the bad side of Hamilton before 2007, because he took the seat that could have gone to X, Y or Z they support.