Post by firstname.lastname@example.org Post by Dex Post by Brian Lawrence
Going to be as embarrassing as Mansel and Schumacher's return to F1.
Perhaps Brian can tell us the last time a driver returned to F1
after a few years away and won the WDC, using his skill and not
some new technology.
Those two got embarrassed because their teammates dominated them.
Alonso could dominate his teammate and still get poor results because
Renault is nowhere. The driver let alone his age is virtually
irrelevant to F1 performance, as Bottas showed sunday (one of the
worse drivers in F1 ever gets pole/win because of a supercar).
Hamilton is laughably overrated since 2014 because of 7 years in a
supercar. Prost was slow as hell and waay past his prime in 1993. He
got more poles (13) and wins (7) that year as an old man than any
other year in his prime (because he had 1 year in a car like
Hamilton's had for the last 7 years.)
First of all, just because Mansell and Schumacher didn't do well in
their returns, doesn't mean Alonso won't. The largest part of the
problem is not one of aging, but one of DESIRE. To be the best in F1,
you have to want it pretty badly, and it's hard to want it as much when
you've already achieved so much and are basically set for life.
The driver is NOT irrelevant to F1 performance. Certainly, these days,
the car is the bigger factor—probably upwards of 75%, but your own
chosen example shows why the driver matters. If the driver was as
irrelevant as you claim, then Bottas's and Hamilton's records of the
last few years would be a lot closer to equal.
And I don't know who the worst driver in F1 right now is...
...and neither do you.
Hamilton probably IS overrated, but that's only because so many want to
declare him the greatest F1 driver of all time. He's not.
Prost in 1993 had Damon Hill for a teammate, and if it's escaped your
notice, Hill was runner up for the championship the next year and
eventually a world champion himself. Yes, the Williams was undoubtedly
the best car that year, but Prost basically crushed a future World