Conceptual wrote:As long as Kimi's contract stipulates that he gets the same upgrades as Lewis at the same time, and equal support, I don't see a problem.
Also, does anyone really believe that Alonso will be able to hop into a Ferrari and be able to match Massa? I mean, look at Fisi. Identical car to Kimi, and he can't get anywhere near him.
Although, with Massa out for the remainder of the season, this may equal it out a bit...
Does anyone think that Massa got preferential treatment due to Schumacher re-signing with the Scuderia?
These are good points. I agree McLaren will be able to handle two roughly equal drivers. This policy cost them championships two years ago with Alonso and Hamilton, but by sticking to their priciples and continuing this policy McLaren has set themselves up for a dream pairing next year.
In contrast I don't think Alonso would be willing to go to Ferrari unless he was the clear #1. I don't mean in terms of speed relative to Massa, but in terms of contractual arrangements, development direction, support personnel, etc.
I remember that 4 or 5 years ago at Monaco, Trulli beat Alonso in a straight fight within Renault for the pole position and win. I think that was the moment when Alonso decided he would never tolerate an equal teammate. This mindset explains why Alonso became so bizarrely angry so early in the season during his one year at McLaren when it became clear Hamilton was equal in terms of talent and contract. I think Spy-gate simply saved Alonso from being remembered as the driver who had the biggest hissy-fit in Formula 1 history.
Anyway, I really respect Massa and wish him a complete recovery, but I think 2010 will be his toughest year ever. Schumacher could at least give some human support and sympathy to the #2 driver, but I don't see Alonso doing that.