Kushal Msc-3 wrote:
At the end of the day I don't think Ron is really all that much good at managing drivers. All his best ones have ended up going off to drive for a rival, other than Hakkinen and Lauda. And Lauda was of retirement age anyway.
For Ron personally, I think there is some emotional attachment to Hamilton, but he feels more betrayed because he's got him to where he is now. He's invested a lot of time and money to rise to a WDC and now he walks away. As above, had he retained more of his drivers over the years, he'd have won even more than he has.
I don't think Anthony Hamilton's comments about Ron not getting his hands on this trophy went down well either.
I really disagree. Ron Dennis supported Lewis Hamilton. He is not
responsible for where Hamilton is today in the world of F1, only Hamilton is. He's made his own career and who knows he may have still become WDC even without McLaren and Ron Dennis, just with some other team/mentor. Dennis saw talent in Hamilton and invested in him. It was a give and take relationship and as Hamilton grew to the world of F1, Dennis and McLaren at least in Hamilton's eyes were taking more than giving.
Whether Hamilton is seeking a new challenge or just heading off somewhere for the money, is totally his choice and wish. He should not
be grudged about it. I'm sure Hamilton and McLaren have spent a lot of years together, filled with lows but also plenty of highs and great accomplishments. Such interviews and comments only tarnish those moments and leave a bad after taste.
F1 is cruel. That's how it is. People move on. I think, in such regards, Schumacher and Raikkonen handle such situations best. Both, have their own ways. While Schumacher is ever the team man and always behind his boys, Raikkonen couldn't give two sh!ts!
IMO, RD has a very difficult time expressing his emotions, well, at least in a language that normal people can understand. In my hearts of hearts, I don't think RD wanted LH to leave. However, he's been in the business long enough to know that drivers--even great ones--come and go. But, RD's job is to ensure that McLaren endures and succeeds as an F1 team and as a corporation. So, that's his focus.
As for those naysayers who feel LH owes something to McLaren. I couldn't agree more. LH earned his sponsorship with McLaren when he was up and coming and he earned his spot on the team. He was gifted nothing. F1 is a billion dollar business and it's cut-throat. For a prospective driver, there's no such thing as a charity case. Sure, some teams may take a pay driver, but not McLaren. They have sufficent resources where they don't have to resort to that. For now.
Whatever the outcome of LH's venture (to MBZ), I'm sure he'll have both his ups and downs. But, sometimes the regret of not trying something new can be greater than the regret of trying something new and failing. I applaud his decision and wish him well.