That’s a good question – should Hamilton have helped Jenson if the tables were reversed? Honestly, I can’t answer that. Although Jenson’s a top driver and he wouldn’t be a WDC or driving for McLaren if he were not a top driver, he’s not quite in the same league as Hamilton.
To use soccer analogies, I would put Jenson in the same league as David Villa, Rooney, maybe even Ibrahimovic. If you’ve seen these players, they can be incredible at moments, matches, and seasons.
IMO, Hamilton is in the league of Messi, Ronaldo, Zidane. All the great drivers have echoed that in many ways and his racing ability is just stupefying to watch. I could never see Hamilton being behind Jenson unless all hell had broken loose as it pretty much did in 2011. If Mercedes and that means Lauda and Brawn did NOT believe that Hamilton is in that league and better than Shumi 2012, they would have simply not brought him in and McLaren would not have been sad to lose him.