First of all, as a McLaren fan I must say this isn’t my own theory I’m advancing, first heared it on James Allens blog, an elsewhere since but I’ve always found it an interesting one.
Just think, without Lewis Hamilton, Alonso would probably be a four times world champion, already. Probably be looking at a fifth this year as well, in Aryton Senna’s team, apparently Alonso is one of the many who idolised him, though he doesn’t talk about it too often, an McLaren was his dream team, what he aspired too. But a combinaition of Hamilton, Dennis and his own temprement at the time ruined it for him, given the chance to do it again, I think Alonso would still be at McLaren, if only to finish buisness properly with Hamilton.
Alonso pre-Hamilton didn’t have any doubts, an didn’t have any preassure, Schumacher took care of preassure and he was certain in his ability, and he used to be right, he didn’t have off days, champion twice, despite the FIA’s best efforts in 2006 and on to dominaite for an era with McLaren. Hamilton, is as talented as him, of that there can be no doubt, there strengths differ but Alonso saw him self as once in a generation, unfortunatltey the next one came early. It went catastrophically wrong in 07, huge mistakes were made on both Dennis and Alonso’s sides, whatever your opinions on that year an as a McLaren fan, let me tell you I would rather Alonso was here with us at the height of his powers, Alonso regrets it as much as the next man.
An then came two years in the wilderness to be bittter, an not the golden child that could do no wrong, an I don’t think it dulled his skills, I just think it added preassure. Hamilton added doubt, just the slightest bit, 07 added regret an anger, Renault 08 and 09 thinking about getting back on top added preassure, joining Ferrari, finally having the chance to do it all again an be champion sent it sky high.
So to answer the original post, has Alonso lost the plot, no, look what he’s doing to Massa, his luck has been atrocious since and during Canada. Is he as good as he was, no the preassures got to him an he’s making mistakes, people on form tend to make their own luck by being there to get it. Still a run of sucsess could give him back his edge, an Ferrari might come through next year, never write him off, Alonso is going to be a facinaiting ascepct of F1 for quite some time.