Ok. Ill stick my neck out.
Does anyone else see the similarities between Alonso 2007 and Lewis 2012? Self imploding at Mclaren? I mean, im pretty sure lewis thinks the team are sometimes working against him. Dodgy tyre pressures and strategy, Dodgy rear wings and strange set ups? For some reason, some weekends lewis is absolutly stunning, like Alonso was in Malaysia, Monaco, Europe. But then theres been some shocking brain fade races, and some races where theres just been a mystifying lack of pace.
I think in a sense, Lewis cant handle Jenson starting to beat him not just on luck but on his own choices and speed. Buttons choked it quite abit this season with some horrid performances, but coming contract renewal and his tweets/photos, Im starting to see a similarity.
And you know what? Good. 2007 did Alonso a world of good. Imploding like he did, taking a step back with Renault and then coming to ferrari a better driver than he ever was. Maybe lewis needs to do that. he's been molly coddled at Mclaren. Hes lost the favouritism of Ron Dennis. I think last season,and if he truly does implode this season, will be the best thing for lewis. I think he needs to leave Mclaren an goto a freer environment where he can let his driving do the talking without the politics at mclaren.
I feel that, like Alonso; lewis needs that number 1 status, a driver which rarely will beat him or have the swing over the team unlike he does with Jenson which it appears Jenson has the swing with Whitmarsh.
But the other thing is, its so strikingly damn similar to each other. Alonso started to get paranoid at the end of 2006; when he was 26/27, after his championship. Hamilton, aged 26/27 is putting some amazing performances, but like Alonso, he is imploding. letting off the track things affect on the track.
I think the two are very much the same. Everyone bemoaned about Alonso demanding number 1 status and only feeling combfy and performing at his best when he's number 1 and yknow what? Im getting that feeling with lewis now too.
And its a damn good thing. Its what seperates the normal champion from the great. Look how Senna and Prost imploded. World champions who are hungary, who are adaptable, who are determined and never loose the hunger, demand number 1 and they dont like being beaten. Why should they like it? They shouldnt. They should throw toys out of the pram. And then they should perform better.
I dont understand the critics of 'oh he cant take someone beating him and doesnt want someone as good or better than him as a teammate'. Well, why would you!? If you perform better than anyone else when they arent in the same car as you, regardless of whether your car is better or worse, then why the hell would you want someone like that in car number 2? Sure, call it a weakness. But if its a weakness that makes you perform at your peak and better than everyone else, id call it a pretty good weakness to have.
I really think, lewis imploding will be the best thing for him. Have a year in a lesser team, find himself, hone his race craft to near perfection. The R28 and R29 allowed alonso to perfect his driving. The way he handled a horrible R29 which had no developments since june, yet STILL get 3rd place on pure merit in singapore is a testament to him. I feel lewis coul truly benefit from it. Midfield racing is what lewis needs. He only feels the hunger for wins and podiums. I think, like Alonso has done, he needs to feel the hunger for getting just a single point, feel the hunger and feeling the desire and fight to just make it to 10th or 11th place.
Not getting through the Q2 all the time did Alonso a world of good, having to truly struggle, get up everyday knowing you were the youngest double WDC and your scrapping for 15th place day in day out, pushing like hell just to get a bag of points. Its what lewis could do with. Handling the pressure and the disapointing and disheartening of knowing youve driven 56 qualifying laps, inch perfect no mistake, relentless pace, and its only worth 12th place. It will make lewis appreciate miles more when he gets the champagne again. because when things go wrong half the time he just wants to retire. I think he needs to experience what its like to be nowhere every race, and you cant retire because there is no problems, your car just isnt good enough for much of anything. Lewis needs to truly learn to lose and have no hope of winning, for him to able to truly savour victory, learn to lose on such a massive scale to that he appreciates winning more.
Does anyone else understand me?