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December 14, 2014 2:09 PM

F1 » Dennis points finger at Hamilton for 2007 issues

I disagree that Lewis threw the first punch. Ron threw the first punch by telling Alonso he had number one status and then told Lewis he had equal status. The drivers responded as one would expect. Neither was pleased and both fought tooth and nail to win. Criticize them if you will but their alpha male mentality years later sees one winning another driver championship and the other commanding the largest salary in history. We might not like their antics but something is working right for both of them.


December 14, 2014 5:21 PM

F1 » Dennis points finger at Hamilton for 2007 issues

Richard, I do not disagree but Ron admits that at one point in the season he gave Lewis reason to believe he could fight for the championship. It may have been informal and it may have been meant to motivate or perhaps pacify Lewis but regardless, Hamilton seized on his comments and the rest is history. Too often critics question Hamilton's intelligence, and I do question his statements from time to time. But you rightly point out that he played the ""Uncle Ron" card brilliantly. So, I still feel the ultimate responsibility for the falling out rests with Ron. Hamilton was a first year driver and Ron should have easily been able to manage him better. And by not doing so it cost Alonso and McLaren a championship. Oh, and I had forgotten the Heidfeld connection. Thanks for the reminder. Seems a long time ago.


December 11, 2014 12:49 PM

F1 » Retained Button ‘inspired’ by Prost

Yes, funny it is. I am interested in the inter-team rivalry for the year. The pressure will be on Alonso, I think, as he must outperform JB and by quite a wide margin to justify the salary differential. But somehow I do not believe that will happen. JB has always been competitive with the very best team mates over the years and next year could be similar, with Alonso qualifying better but JB earning his fare share of the points. Regardless, will be an interesting team battle and it might be the only compelling reason to watch the sport as the Mercedes fly off into the distance on lap two of every race.

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