Lewis Hamilton + Sebastian Vettel? It Could Happen
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Red Bull’s current #2 driver, Mark Webber, is only signed through the end of 2012. The always feisty and popular Aussie isn’t getting any younger either.
Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton, who has been with McLaren (or their system, anyway) since he was 13 has struggled to regain his 2007 and 2008 form. Another down year may open the door for McLaren to part ways with the talented, yet at times inconsistent Hamilton.
Some key problems with Hamilton landing with Red Bull (assuming a pending Webber departure):
Could Lewis and Seb co-exist? We have seen plenty of blips on the radar to suggest Red Bull favors their young champion and Webber has contended with such perceptions for the better part of two years.
We also have seen what happened when Lewis was coupled with Fernando Alonso at McLaren during the 2007 season. Of course, at the time Alonso was a 2-time world champion, and Lewis was a brilliant unknown. To be fair, Hamilton and Jenson Button have always seemed to get along well.
Still, this is a fair question and something Red Bull would have to feel comfortable with contending with.
Too much dominance is bad for the sport
If you’re like me, you were none-too-pleased to see Vettel top the time sheets over and over and over. It didn’t matter the session — practice, qualifying, race, etc. No one outside of the Red Bull family is interested in seeing a driver dominate like Seb did last year. It’s the same feeling when Schumacher did it with Ferrari.
Would this pairing knock the wind out of the causal fan who wants to see parity? Such a duo would likely mean the Constructor’s title would be settled prior to the season’s start for years to come. Hamilton and Vettel are young and until proven otherwise, the RBx car is the car to beat.
This is all of course pure musing and speculation. But come the end of the 2012 season, it may be time to re-visit such notions.