With the constructors battle now over for McLaren, what will happen to the campaigns being fought by the Woking teams drivers; Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton? The pair have successfully made the headlines on several occasions this year because of their fraught relationship, but they have managed to respect each other during the races. The impression one can gleam from this is of course the race for constructors crown. They cannot take each other out because their employer – McLaren – would lose out. But now, there is no constructors campaign for McLaren…
In 2005, after Fernando Alonso had effectively won the drivers title in China, he launched an impressive attack on his fellow competitors by performing at the highest of his abilities during the remaining races. With nothing to lose, the Spaniard made many incredible overtaking maneuvers on some of the sport’s most experienced drivers. It was almost as though Alonso wanted to prove something. And whatever it was, he certainly impressed.
Now McLaren cannot win the constructors title, will Fernando unleash his skill on rookie team mate Lewis Hamilton and go all-out for the drivers crown? I hope so, because that would generate some superb racing. However, although Alonso appears to be a gentlemanly racer (Hungary aside), will his ambition of making it three on the trot get the better of him? Will Alonso stoop as low as taking Hamilton out?
The two drivers are only three points apart in the tables, Hamilton currently the better of Alonso on 92. With four races to go the championship is wide open, especially when you consider that Ferrari are not too far behind with Kimi Raikkonen on 74 points and Felipe Massa on 69. The title is for the taking, but it can also be so easily lost.