In 2009 there was nothing to suggest that the McLaren of next year was going to be better than the Ferrari, and with the gift of foresight even you'd see that Alonso ran Vettel closest in the WDC battle, not Hamilton or Button.pokerman wrote:Hamilton scored more points than any other driver in the second half of the season, Hamilton's teammate wasn't exactly that brilliant either hence the need for another driver.Covalent wrote:McLaren finished 1p ahead of Ferrari in the WCC, and you have to remember Massa was injured and replaced by hopeless after hopeless drivers.pokerman wrote:Indeed I thought about mentioning that as well in questioning Kimi's motivation although it's been said on here that perhaps he just had enough of F1 because of his experience with Ferrari, but still surely a driver's ultimate motivation should be to win races and titles after all the McLaren was looking a better car than the Ferrari at the time as well.mikeyg123 wrote:Massively off topic but can anyone think of another driver who turned down a WDC contending car because they didn't offer him enough money?Covalent wrote:I have poor memory so I had to read backwards quite a bit to connect the dots what exactly the "Kimi's racing only for money" propaganda has to do with Hamilton, but apparently it's being used to prove Lewis is being singled out regarding possible retirement
You could argue perhaps Hill in 98 but he insists he didn't turn Mclaren down because of the money but because they never really wanted him. Can't think of many others off hand. Let alone when the driver in question actually decided to sit out the season rather than compete for championship.
Also who approached who first, I wouldn't be too surprised if it wasn't Kimi's own management team that approached McLaren after all that's what they are paid to do in weighing up Kimi's best options.
Really the lengths you are dragging this, that Hamilton retirement comment really struck a nerve didn't it.