Fairly pointless argument, as its in McLarens interests to create the best car they can and let nature/luck/fate sort out who comes out with more points at the end.
JB needs car parity or advantage to beat Nando though, so that's a BIG ask. And if the car is equal to or faster than the Ferrari, Lewis probably isn't going to need JB, who's only up against Massa as far as the battle with FA is concerned.
WDC is all on a car for Lewis, surely, and I don't think they can spare a nanosecond from its pace.
JB is WCC now. But I don't think McLaren would sacrifice wDc for wCc. Both: fine. Chosing? wDc.
Its not 2007,2008 anymore. Both drivers are allready WDCs. There is no "novelty" factor attached to either of the drivers. McLaren have a car which they pay the drivers to drive, not the other way around. They are not there for the drivers egos.
I have heard Ron Dennis in the past at a track saying that for the teams go for the wcc, the wdc is just "icing on the cake". The exception was Lewis who was, at that time, a novelty item.
So which headline would -they- prefer?:
"McLaren world champions 2012"
Where they get more money, pit privaleges for next year, and a trophy for the whole team.
"<Driver> world champion 2012"
The driver only gets a trophy, they can stick a "1" on one of the cars, providing of course, the particular driver is there next year.
Edited by WitnessX, 13 June 2012 - 10:16.