Originally posted by Most Fastest
Exactly, comfirming you just don't get it. A 500 million dollar operation cannot be based on children behavior. One driver managed to develop and setup the car and has the reputation and the selling image. You go with it during that season. If indeed, the other is faster, you use the season to develop him, show him how to setup the car, understand what the other more experienced driver is doing, so that in 2008, he will have his fair shot at showing his talent. That is mature managerial intelligence. Having one guy develop and setup the car, the other copy the setups and manage to out perform him, tensions and infights exploding, and eventual loss on all fronts is the sign of idiotic management and what should never been done in a competitive environment. Is Lewis faster than Alsonso???? It doesn't matter, not in 2007!!!!! That is what Dennis job was about, getting the title and getting Lewis developed. They failed miserably. And lewis could have learned tons more from co-operating rather than antagonising Alonso. Now, Lewis is 20 and a driver, he has no fault, but Dennis is an idiot. That would have never happened at Williams, Ferrari or Renault. Never
The only thing to get here is that you are a fervent Alonso fan and can see no wrong in his actions. You feel that Alonso should be given No1 status (which I'm sure you would also argue that Alonso didn't ask for....so if he didn't ask for it, why are you?). If he wanted No1 status he should have negotiated such in his contract.
Dennis's job is not to stroke the egos of his drivers, nor is it to quell competitiveness within the team. In fact, the whole argument that you make here (and the basic argument that every Alonso fan seems to make) is that Alonso should have had No1 status (despite vehemently denying that that is what he wanted...??). The simple truth of the matter is that McLaren are not run the same way that Renault are. The team was not going to be built around one driver and his ego - McLaren never has been. It is up to the drivers to gain ascendancy. Alonso was used to being top dog, used to his teammate playing second fiddle (the reason that Fisi never really had a chance, and that any ideas that people might have that Piquet will (be allowed to) be a threat is wide of the mark.
Simple, basic, rock bottom truth to this. Alonso thought that he would have the beating of anyone, has let Flav's ego-stroking he has received at Renault go to his head, thought he was unbeatable. Turned out he wasn't, but instead of being able to face that he turned to the more 'obvious' answer that McLaren must be undermining him in some way. The same thing happened to Pironi when he teamed with Gilles - and we saw how he
dealt with it.....
This is what happens when so many big, spoilt egos are thrown together - and I don't seperate Hamilton from this (especially having been given an insight from a Kart team owner as to the level of his 'confidence'), and I will not deny that Hamilton equally acted as a spoilt brat at times during the year - but Alonso must take responsibility for his failure this year, as much as Hamilton must for his.