When you use terms like "gift".... your painting a negative view. It's wrong so don't be surprised someone responds with a different view.
What are you talking about? Lewis went straight in with a top car...that hardly ever happens...it was a gift, the right word for it.
How can it be classed as a "gift" when he had proven himself through the lower formlae? He was hardly plucked off of the street was he? A company like McLaren wouldn't have offered him the seat if they hadn't already watched him for a considerable amount of time.
it's still a gift
And he still beat the defending 2-WDC in his rookie year.
I didn't say he made a mess of it or whatever...on the contrary but it's still something special to go straight into arguably the best f1 car on the grid...
Because he obviously was special (ie. was very fast, and had been groomed by the team for a decade)?
Look, I get what you are saying but fact is he earned it.
True but the idea of it being a gift really ought to be balanced with the fact he was Fernando's team mate, which easily could have led to the destruction of his career, had he failed to perform.
ok fair enough
I would have to disagree with that...he had nothing to lose...a rookie compared to a 2WDC? he would have been forgiven for underperforming ..
as it was he over performed from the first corner of the first race
You're seriously arguing over semantics?? Ok so I'll rephrase the wording. He was fortunate to go straight into a top team. As Clatter
has already highlighted Lewis was due to do a year as test driver and lucked in when JPM walked away. So a fortunate circumstance to go into McLaren and yes he was deserving and talented (which I never argued being a Lewis fan!).. That was quite simply the point I was trying to make
Edited by cooper, 13 December 2012 - 16:24.