Not!!! Not!!! and Not!!!Ron Dennis didn't drive a car. Kovalainen, drive for himself, not for Ron Dennis.
phil1993 wrote:dacer, you are clearly missing the point here. McLaren told Kovy to let Hamilton past, which he was pissed off about at the end of the race, but its nowhere like Barrichello and Schumi. watch Austria 2001 and 2002 - then you'll see! And why are you comparing it to Heidfeld and Massa - they are not team mates. Ron Dennis has to think what is best for the team as well as Lewis. He knows that Kovy was slower than Lewis by about a second a lap and thought that Massa would nab Piquet and pull away, so Lewis needed to bang in a few quick laps soon, whilst the soft tyres were still OK to go banzaii on. And if Lewis wasn't let through, he'd have passed him anyway. Not like with Austria 01 or 02.
Kovalainen, drive to win, and AFTER if he can, help the team with constructor championship. In ALL team, the first to beat is your teammate. You can beat it, if you have to let him past!!!!
Last year, Remember USA, Alonso was faster than Hamilton, and even try to overtake him, but Hamilton moves over track and was near to crash that Alonso can overtake him.
Dacer, My Man,
A few pages back you politely asked me how old am I and how long I have been watching F1. I really hope this was a rhetorical question.
In fact Kovalainen DOES drive for Ron Dennis. The dollar stops with Ron Dennis. Beyond the facade of equality and honor and high morals, one does as Ron wants or else.
OR ELSE. Look no further than a year ago, with Hami & Alonso. Or even further back when Montoya drove for him. Are they still driving at McLaren ? No. Now it would be unjust to you to take you all the way to Senna & Prost so I will only go back as far as Hakkinen & Coulthard: David did what Ron wanted - he let Hakkinen win in the very first race they had in a competitive car: the 1998 Australian GP. If you don't do as Ron (and Norbert and Mansour Ojjeh etc) want(s), you simply get out of the squad. And Kovi is not in a position to take his vast experience (?) and race wins (?) and say to the other 9 teams: look I am no longer driving at McLaren but I can drive for any one of you.
Kovi knows he is at a disadvantage and this sort of issues step on his pride but he is young and he found himself in the best car at the moment. It is very much a Massa-Schumacher (or Rubens-Schumacher) deal. HE is our favorite son. But you get the best equipment and you implicitly have the opportunity to win races maybe even the championship. But that is at the cost of respecting team orders.
I am a firm believer in team orders. They've been around in every sport since sports were invented by People Hunting a little before the agrarian revolution. Not a time when my knowledge is strong but in the 50's and 60's team orders were more gentlemen in nature. Such as stopping and giving your team mate your car when-if he broke down. These it is both forbidden by regulations but also stipulated in contracts. Teams that have a # 1 driver be that by contract or by "behavior" have historically fared better. Look no further than Renault (1994, 1995, 2005, 2006) Ferrari (1996-2006), McLaren (1998-2001).
Ok I am done. Too much F1 on a monday morning.