“You know, it tickles me to see that after only one DNF that was his fault Hamilton has now suddenly become an error-prone driver, despite Monza being his first major one in a whole year. I guess the desire to put him down is stronger than considering that Singapore was a racing incident and his Suzuka crash had no impact (no pun intended) on his pre-existing gearbox problems. Whereas Alonso put in some frankly shockingly ragged performances and now he’s the greatest, despite having made more mistakes than Hamilton over the season.
If we subscribe to the theory that errors debar you from greatness then Senna shouldn’t be there either. But that’s okay because he was always pushing to the maximum when that happened? Guess who else that description fits?
Now in-race strategy, there’s a genuine area to explore. But again, too much is made of this. Not to sweep away the fact that Hamilton isn’t as good in this area, but Alonso has hardly shown any of the “tactical genius” he’s supposed to have, like I keep hearing. He’s taken some decisions himself but none that have really got him anywhere. Yet somehow he’s rated with Button.”
It’s all personal opinion of course but although Hamilton’s matured he does still make mistakes (as Fernando has this year). They’ll get less and less in time and with experience. My big grievance was never Monza or Singapore as they’re just those things that can happen in a race but for instance, he always seems to clip people when he’s in a slipstream and generally he does appear more likely to make a mistake.
I haven’t made my list yet but Senna would be better than Hamilton for me because although he made a plethora of mistakes he has greater speed and was a more all round driver plus his only real challenge to the top spot of his country for me is Piquet snr.
Alonso isn’t at Button’s level of tactical thinking although as Button showed at Suzuka he does still get things wrong but when Alonso races and you hear him on the radio he’s thinking everything through; when to stop, what he needs, he’s calm and leads the team such as Singapore when he had his engine scare and he told his team he wouldn’t go in yet he’d finish the lap. He’s more of an all rounder although Lewis is slightly quicker at least in qualifying I feel.
Also, when it comes to his mistakes I’m keeping them in mind but like with Lewis I’m not delving too deeply into them. Alonso’s been all over the place this year but he’s had a longer career and it seems more likely a bad blip whereas with Lewis people weren’t that shocked at Monza. If Alonso keeps making them then I’ll knock even more points off. However, this thread was just to see who was the best from different countries as I was just curious so while I’d place Alonso above Hamilton I’ve done that on the tier thread while here Alonso doesn’t really have much competition to fight off from Spain :P