So it's a damn shame that the designers can't give them a half decent car in which to show off their respective skills.
This may well be true, but it doesn't change the fact that McLaren was utterly destroyed in the development race last year. Combined, they won 4 of the first 8 races, and just 1 of the last 11.
Yes, but it has to be questioned if McLaren were ever faster than others last year
Fantastic article. Confirms everything i have always said about Lewis. Fernando is the most well rounded driver in formula 1, but Lewis is the best driver because he has raw speed, aggression and skill. When it comes down to it, i think these count for more. Lewis is capable of going out and getting results that other drivers couldn't given the same scenario and he has done this countless times. I'm looking forward to the start of the season because Lewis always performs best in the face of adversity. Just because he doesn't have the fastest car doesn't mean you can count him out.
Trouble is, I think Lewis can be a bit like Ronny Peterson or Jim Clark, in that both were devastatingly fast but neither really knew how they did it. That lack of knowledge and lack of fundamental understanding can be useful as they occasionally didn't know the received wisdom about what could and couldn't be done in a car and so found areas that others didn't realise existed. On the other hand, it also meant that they weren't great at developing a car or getting the best out of it. Being a great driver is about more than being able to get from point A to point B quickly in identical machinery to your opposition. If that opponent can get themselves a better car then you'll always be catching up.
Hamilton will come out of this spell of not being in an ulta competitive car straight away a better driver, the difference between most of the field and Hamilton, Hamilton is a racer, the rest are drivers.
Hmm...interesting point. I think we have a long way to go before we can safely access Lewis as a driver. It is easy to forget he has only been in Formula 1 for four seasons. Ultimately his success will be measured in championships - rightly so - and that of course means more than raw speed. I think Lewis will eventually prove his doubters wrong because at the end of the day there is no better driver out there at the hard things. It is just the easy things he needs to get right for it all too come together. Of course, the success of any driver is hugely dependent on the development of a great car and this is where Mclaren have let Lewis down so far in his career. They won't give up though. It is a long season and even if they are a second behind the leaders in the first race, it will not be over.
You also have to question whether it is McLaren letting Lewis down or McLaren being let down by not getting enough information from Lewis.