I’m choosing two drivers who I don’t actually support.
As I said in the other thread, my Number 1 pick would be Lewis Hamilton. He is the most naturally talented driver and the most brilliantly skilled racer that I’ve ever seen during my life as an F1 fan. He’s had a fair bit of criticism recently and while some of it has been deserved, he’s also had a ridiculous amount of flack from people who just simply don’t like him and can’t wait for any opportunity to dump on him. I don’t think he’s lost any of his ability or that his racecraft is failing him, I just think that he’s been prone to over-driving this season because he’s so desperate to be up there winning races and so when he’s not in a position to do so, he gets frustrated. I still believe his racecraft is unsurpassed by anyone on the grid, and having been thrown into the sharp end of F1 from Day 1 the way he’s performed over the years even in a team like McLaren has been nothing short of remarkable. So if could choose anyone to join my team, I’m choosing Lewis Hamilton first. No question.
So who else do I pick to join him? Surely not Alonso, especially after what happened in 2007? Well, yes. Actually. The most complete all-rounder on the grid, Alonso’s in that golden period of his career when he has honed his skills as sharply as he ever will and his level of experience makes him nothing less than a veteran. In short, he’s at the peak of his powers. He does have a habit of losing his temper out on track rather easily and he has one hell of an ego, but even with all that considered, you really have to appreciate what a driver like Fernando can bring to a team. And what about him and Hamilton? What about them? In 2007 Fernando completely underestimated his rookie teammate and just couldn’t deal mentally with the fact that this new upstart was matching and even beating him in equal machinery on occasion and he started acting like an entitled so-and-so. But that was then and now, while they may not necessarily be best mates, it’s clear that they both respect each other these days. They are both more professional drivers and sportsmen than they were at McLaren in 2007 and with the right managerial approach, there’s no reason why an Alonso-Hamilton partnership wouldn’t work these days in my opinion.
One thing I will say, however, is that Sebastian Vettel really deserves to be in everyone’s Formula 1 dream team. It’s just that while he deserves to be there, I still believe Hamilton and Alonso is the greatest possible pairing you could have out of all 24 drivers on the grid – and that’s why I choose them.
As for who I’d pick from any drivers not currently on the grid: Kubica circa 2010 and Sebastian Loeb.