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Monday, December 18, 2006


Granted, I have not read the F1-Racing article on which this article is based on, but nevertheless, I detect a little irony here. Yes, may Ron Dennis has a point and perhaps Mr Robertson did misrepresent his client's disposition.

But I say Mr Dennis, I'm sure all these years you also promised young Kimi a championship winning car. And yet again, for the umpteenth time, you and your German friends have failed to deliver. Last year, not only did Kimi not had a championship winning car, he didn't even get a car capable of taking a single race.

With that in mind, can you blame your former charge of wanting to switch to a different team? Even if you do build a car to take the rest of the field to the cleaners, I cannot blame Mr Raikkonen of being just a little bit sick of things at Woking and seek a breath of fresh air.

Stop grumbling Mr Dennis. At least you will be gaining a world champion behind the wheel of your car once more. And that young eager beaver Hamilton looks to be shaping up nicely so far and the fans seem to be pleased. Now if you could only build a proper car for the two of them that would be splendid. Because as far as a lot of people are concerned, you aren't doing your job very well, sir. And I'm sure Kimi would feel a little deceived himself after all these years.


Clive said...

That's a little unfair to Mr Dennis. We now know that Kimi signed for Ferrari before the 2006 season started - and this was immediately following a season in which Kimi won plenty of races. The fact is that Kimi signed because he doubted McLaren's ability to build a car to beat the Ferrari but he had no idea his coming season would be so bad.

Qwerty said...

True, Kimi did win many races last year but then winning a lot of races simply isn't and indeed wasn't enough for Kimi.

Numerous reliability problems such as in Imola, Magny Cours, Silverstone and Hokkenheim must have weighed unfavourably against him staying with the team. Having to play catch up yet again isn't fun at all.

Sure in 2003 he came in as runner up but surely you cannot suggest that that wasn't a completely shambolic year what with the MP4/18 being so dismal it was never raced.

Sure Kimi did well in what was an obsolete chassis but what McLaren should have delivered was a better car, one that could take on Ferrari and win. This they failed to do.... again.

Even if as you suggest we should leave 2006 out of the picture, the rest of Kimi's tenure at McLaren has not been successful from the perspective of winning a world championship. At the end of the day a young man is only interested in that. And McLaren or maybe I should say Mercedes have not produced the goods.

I'm sure I sound like I'm anti-McLaren but nothing could be further from the truth. By virtue of having some of my favourite drivers ever (Lauda, Senna, Hakkinen and even Kimi) racing for McLaren, I remain a fan. But thats what makes it even more disappointing.

Clive said...

Of course, you realise that some people are saying that Kimi has so many retirements because he's very hard on his car? And I don't mention that because I have anything against him - I've just heard it said, that's all. This coming season should give us the answer to that anyway - if Kimi breaks even a Ferrari, all will become clear... ;)