1. Mercedes is in position to choose both drivers to fight for WDC, they do not need a driver that can't keep it together for more than a half year, like Hamilton these days.Ennis wrote:1. From Merc's perspective they'll still have WDCLt. Drebin wrote:There are risks of HAM-ALO pairing.
1. If Hamilton does not tighten his screws, and remains half lost with his performance, or has a mixed performance, he would make his WDC chances considerably smaller, and bring Mercedes into trouble.
2. Alonso is already coming to age where a drop in performance will occur by nature. There is nothing you can do about it. Once when it hits Alonso, he will be a lost case.
3. One more heavy crash, and Alonso is out of the sport on medical basis. His recent crashes are making him vulnerable and a risky driver for the team.
4. They both have two biggest ego's in F1. Hamilton has been emotionally rattled at times with his childhood friend Rosberg ("we are no buddies anymore" - "we are buddies, no problem"), how much more will it be with Alonso? On his part, Alonso is not easy to deal with for the opposite reason; he is cold and calculated, and therefore dangerous for the team and the driver from the other corner of the pit. The pairing looks increasingly hard to deal with, specially at the end of the year when one will come on top and the other will be a looser.
2. His performance will drop but it doesn't fall off a cliff, he's still a top, top driver
3. Says who? His recent crashes were more due to luck than anything else, he's no more of less of a risk than any other driver. He doesn't have an ongoing medical condition.
4. Hamilton has spent his entire life being faster than Rosberg, when that doesn't happen he'll hate it. It can be a respect thing - I can handle losing to the best but I can't handle losing to a 2nd tier driver. I don't think it would be harmonious, 2 drivers with a WDC chance in a WCC car will always have tension - but there's nothing to suggest it'll be worse than Hamilton & Rosberg...
2. In the time where 0,1 seconds makes a difference between pole position and second or third place, it's crucial to have the driver that is capable of achieving it.
3. Alonso indeed had a couple of hard crashes, for which he had to sit out a few races. It is inevitable that they leave a mark, even if it is not publicly revealed. Don't you think that another hard crash might lead to a condition where he won't be allowed to race? And perhaps this may influence him in taking less risks in the race. So, there is a double risk over there.
4. It might not be worse than Ham&Ros, but isn't their goal to have more harmonious pairing than now?