Hamilton only threatened to walk out on Mercedes because of problems he was having with Rosberg who is no longer there, also there is a difference between threatening and doing, Hamilton has never walked out on a contract unlike Alonso at both McLaren and Ferrari so I would take issue with Alonso being the more stable driver if he has problems within a team.mikeyg123 wrote:Red Bull only promote from within. I don't think anyone is suggesting that as a potential destination for Alonso and when Hamilton was last on the market Ferrari already had a better driver - although I think they should have gone in for Hamilton, the situation is not the same with Mercedes who could actually upgrade with Hamilton.pokerman wrote:That doesn't necessarily mean that he can walk into teams that already have a tier 1 driver, did Red Bull and Ferrari want the best driver available when Hamilton was on the market?Zoue wrote:Because he has the reputation of being one of the best drivers around?pokerman wrote:I don't understand why there is that feeling that Alonso can just walk into any team?Black_Flag_11 wrote:I wouldn't be at all surprised to wake up tomorrow to the news that Alonso is leaving McLaren and joining Mercedes mid season.
Another reason Mercedes may decide to pursue Alonso is that it gives them security if Hamilton does a Rosberg or even follows through at any point on behaviour like quitting the team after the Spanish GP last year. Hamilton has already given Mercedes cause to worry he may suddenly walk a way. A few which will not be helped by Rosberg suddenly quitting.
The reality is that Hamilton is in F1 for the long haul and he's never going to leave a team as good as Mercedes, who are going to provide more for him than Mercedes in order to realise his ambitions?
Your opinion of Alonso being an upgrade on Hamilton and I guess any other driver including Vettel is just your opinion, Alonso wasn't such a valuable resource that stopped McLaren from letting him go because they had Hamilton, likewise the same with Ferrari because they had Vettel lined up to replace him, so unless things go pear shaped with either Vettel at Ferrari or Hamilton at Mercedes this coming year I wouldn't be counting on Alonso walking into either of these teams.
So going back to what I said before there is not always the need in a top team to have the very best drivers that are available so long as they have got one of them because having two tier 1 drivers can cause it's own problems, and I think perhaps they don't rate Alonso a cut above the likes of Hamilton and Vettel like you do.