Debate: Can McLaren handle two stars?

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, McLaren-Mercedes, Indianapolis, 2007‘Experts’ are queueing up to tell Ron Dennis that he’s wrong to have two top drivers in the same team fighting for the championship.

The battle for the championship could be fought exclusively between McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso this year.

Will it inevitably lead to a fall out at McLaren?

Dennis has plenty of experience of this sort of thing. From 1988-9 Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost fought bitterly over the world championships at McLaren.

In 1989 Prost announced his intention to leave, then crashed into his team mate at the penultimate round to claim the championship.

Prost is the latest commentator to warn Dennis about the burgeoning rivalry between Hamilton and Alonso.

Could it really escalate to Prost vs Senna proportions?

I think Dennis is doing entirely the right thing. I’d far rather see two drivers battle it out in the same team, than the kind of situation there was at Ferrari from 2001-4. If Rubens Barrichello had been allowed to challenge Michael Schumacher at Ferrari some of F1’s dullest seasons might have been a lot better.

How do you see the inter-McLaren battle developing? Is Dennis doing the right thing?

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