F1 » Dennis: Alonso thought Hamilton a risk


Ron Dennis has confirmed that Fernando Alonso was reluctant to have Lewis Hamilton as team-mate in 2007, but not because he feared the Briton's speed.

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Rac3r - Unregistered

July 10, 2010 9:03 AM

Yeah Ron, and that is why you gave him a car 1,5 segs slower than ham's at Brazil and why you lost a WC that you had almost won. And why you let Ham's dad go to charlie in Hungary and ask for a penalty, the daddy ruling Mclaren, and daddy made Mclaren lost because Alonso being penaliced from 1st to 5th you lost the World Champ for 1 point.

You must be realy proud of how you managed the team that year.

Pathetic sorry, worse team director ever, spying on Ferrari and then blaming on FA because he spoke instead on your own team for bad behaviour.

blzbub

July 10, 2010 9:13 AM

for that season alonso was proven correct, either of them should/could have been champions and due to a total lack of management the team including those in the factory didnt really get what there effort deserved. ron dennis has said that alonso had calculated everything except for hamilton being so competitive, he fails to point out though that he himself hadnt calculated that alonso would when backed into a corner take on the whole team. ron had a dream to hand pick a driver, groom them and make them world champion nearly came of at the first time of trying, but nearly killed mclaren, martin whitmarsh who had a ringside seat for 07, has a blueprint on how not to manage two competitive drivers and seems to be using that knowledge well, at least untill mclaren have got rid of those pesky red bulls. . . 07 . . . Best season ever, just ask kimi raikkonen.

Ray Watson - Unregistered

July 10, 2010 9:18 AM

Rac3r, you are very right. Ron has taken all the things that make him look good and blown them out of proportion.
Ron neglects to say that Alonso still equaled his team mate with all the garage on Hamiltons side, and what happened with the tire pressures on Alonso's second set of tyres in China??? They tried to sabotage Alonso the entire year after Hungary.
And how good was the car after Alonso had done all the development in the start of the year, and then how good was Lulu after Alonso stopped giving information.
Forget it Ron You are an idiot !!!!

jesse

July 10, 2010 9:45 AM

@ Ray Watson
What do you smoke?
Alonzo spent the last two years at Renault and we did not see any development. He joined Ferrari at the beginning of the year and so far they have failed to impress. It's funny that Renault is one of the two teams (with Williams) that seem to have hugely improved since the opening race (guess what: without Alonzo) and Ferrari one the two (with Mercedes) to have hugely fallen back (guess what: with Alonzo).
So please stop putting Alonzo and development in the same sentence.

Butterfly - Unregistered

July 10, 2010 10:19 AM

It's obvious that Ron brought Fernando to McLaren that year so that his proteje would have someone to dominate. I guess he intended from the start to do an image transfer from a double world-champion to a rookie. Ron was the one that calculated everything, not Alonso. He had the plan to build up Lewis into a megadriver. Just imagine: Alonso beats Schumacher, then the rookie beats Alonso. This guy is an evil genius.

Lewis is currently the second-best driver in F1, after Fernando.

ray - Unregistered

July 10, 2010 10:58 AM

@jesse, I totally agree. What planet have you guys been on or just blinded by your bias attitude, which frankly I don't understand. FA showed us how skilful his car development skills were at Renault. Mc have proven to build pretty quick cars and in 2009 with changes to the regs the car was so far off the pace but Mc and LH managed to develop the car into the racer winner over the season which have helped them get a good start to 2010.

Story of the year - Unregistered

July 10, 2010 11:20 AM

I think all of you give the drivers way too much credit for car development than they deserve. You are overlooking all the hard work the engineers are putting in, they are the people responsible for improving the car, the drivers' role is much smaller.

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