As I expected, the Alonso/Ferrari connection was nothing more than an invention by the Spanish press, as Felipe Massa was confirmed today until 2010. I don't believe they have confirmed him for either Kimi Raikkonen's or Luca Badoer's place, no sir. It is a race seat indeed.
Kimi is racing now as I expected him to do all year long. I predicted he would be world champion (just like 90% of F-1 fans, I guess), but he took some time to warm up at Ferrari, I suppose. The war is still not over, but it is quite a long shot, considering McLaren's great reliability. Unless Alonso and Hamilton drive each other off the road...What a finish. Massa wins Brazil, with Kimi second and world champion! Don't laugh.
I can honestly understand why Alonso is throwing so many tantrums. He has no choice, really. After all, Alonso was the only man in this millennium to comprehensively often outdrive Michael Schumacher. So he was considered the top banana. Suddenly a rookie comes and outdrives him? So does that mean that Lewis is better than MS as well? His only choice was to say he was not treated properly by McLaren, even if it might not be the truth...To save his and Schumi's face.
I was just thinking, though. Kimi Raikkonen is driving swell at Ferrari, but drove for McLaren last year, which had pitiful performance. Alonso comes in, McLaren becomes the best car. When Alonso was driving for Renault, it was world champion two years running. Alonso leaves Renault, the team goes down the dumps. Hamilton drove 1 million miles for McLaren last year, and it made no difference on performances come Sundays.
You see what I am getting at. Yes, maybe Alonso does make quite a difference in car performance, he might have a car development edge over both Hamilton and Raikkonen. Which leads me to think that if Alonso does leave McLaren (99% done at this point, against my predictions), don't expect the team to be as competitive next year as this season. Don't expect a performance drop like Marco Andretti's sophomore year in the IRL, but 2008 will not be a stellar year for Lewis.
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