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Cooper T53
2017-07-13 18:33:49 UTC
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Does a driver have the right to keep criticizing the team for its issues/weaknesses, subtly give threat or tantrums of moving out, drive for another racing series (undoubtedly he performed well & smoked the grid) and while getting paid handsomely for the contract and the team continues to take the blame for the lack of the car or engines, assuming driver doesn't believe he is part of the team which develops car/engines and can blame them every race

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Does a driver, who undoubtedly is one of the best drivers on the F1 grid in terms of his talent, deserve a top drive season on season. Can the F1 paddock afford to have perhaps one of the best talent suffering in poor car or winless for so long (10 seasons without a WDC!) that it starts affecting his game, patience and the love of the sport. Should all teams align and respect the driver for his talent and create a position where his talent can do justice to the car and his rivals?

Don't know. What do you all think?

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Bobster
2017-07-13 19:21:56 UTC
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Does a driver have the right to keep criticizing the team for its issues/weaknesses, subtly give threat or tantrums of moving out, drive for another racing series (undoubtedly he performed well & smoked the grid) and while getting paid handsomely for the contract and the team continues to take the blame for the lack of the car or engines, assuming driver doesn't believe he is part of the team which develops car/engines and can blame them every race
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Does a driver, who undoubtedly is one of the best drivers on the F1 grid in terms of his talent, deserve a top drive season on season. Can the F1 paddock afford to have perhaps one of the best talent suffering in poor car or winless for so long (10 seasons without a WDC!) that it starts affecting his game, patience and the love of the sport. Should all teams align and respect the driver for his talent and create a position where his talent can do justice to the car and his rivals?
Don't know. What do you all think?
Do you not think that McLaren aren't trying as hard as they can? They don't make the engines. Only three teams have complete control of every aspect of their car+engine package.

As for Alonso's 500 campaign, this was done with his team. There was no breaking of a contract. Indeed they embraced the possibility and then worked to make it happen. I'd imagine the sponsors were happy with the exposure they got.

He's not the first F1 driver to miss a Grand Prix to race at Indy, though he is the first for several decades.

We want to see the top drivers in the top cars, but it doesn't always happen that way. Think of Emerson Fittipaldi in the Copersucar, Damon Hill in an Arrows, Jacques Villeneuve in the BAR, Alonso in the Renault in 2009.
Bigbird
2017-07-13 20:52:46 UTC
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Does a driver have the right to keep criticizing the team for its
issues/weaknesses, subtly give threat or tantrums of moving out,
drive for another racing series (undoubtedly he performed well &
smoked the grid) and while getting paid handsomely for the contract
and the team continues to take the blame for the lack of the car or
engines, assuming driver doesn't believe he is part of the team which
develops car/engines and can blame them every race
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Does a driver, who undoubtedly is one of the best drivers on the F1
grid in terms of his talent, deserve a top drive season on season.
Can the F1 paddock afford to have perhaps one of the best talent
suffering in poor car or winless for so long (10 seasons without a
WDC!) that it starts affecting his game, patience and the love of the
sport. Should all teams align and respect the driver for his talent
and create a position where his talent can do justice to the car and
his rivals?
Don't know. What do you all think?
Sounds like you are trying to suggest the driver is not involved in the
decisions of who he works for.

Who made the choice to leave Ferrari?
Who made the choice to join McLaren Honda?
Who made the choice to stay at McLaren Honda?
Who made the choice to stay at McLaren Honda again?

Are you saying those decisions should be taken out of the drivers hands?
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