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Good post darbsk, I do agree with what you say. Looking even further back there were drivers like Moss doing the same thing, winning races in inferior cars. But in those days even the best cars had deficiencies and didn't handle that well, so there was more scope for the good driver to wrestle the car round the track and make the difference. Nowadays the factories full of boffins produce near-perfect cars so the differences between the drivers are less apparent. You can only tell by comparing team mates.
And where better than at McLaren. Alonso is a super efficient driver who has destroyed all his previous team mates including Fisi, but has now come up against Hamilton who is already showing signs of being a true great. Lewis seems capable of getting more out of the car by instinctively taking it closer to the edge of the performance envelope.
So for me at least this season will not be boring at all, we have at least one "seat of the pants" driver in Hamilton, and some of the other rookies seem to have the right stuff too e.g. Kubica and Rosberg (any other nominations?) Do away with the driver aids, get back on slicks and we could just be at the start of a new golden era.
Thanks 'inconvenientlyhere', i think we are both on the same wavelength. With the new drivers you have mentioned it would be great to see them race wheel to wheel a bit more often. Its just so frustrating to watch a grand Prix and know these young guns are champimg at the bit but simply are prevented from really making a spectacle by the current technological situation.