The 2017 season has been fantastic for McLaren and their drivers. From the team’s second podium in Abu Dhabi last year (which meant they only had a single point to show, no points from the race) to Fernando Alonso’s sensational season so far, McLaren has become a team that looks a lot like last year, and Alonso is proving it’s no fluke at all. In fact, it’s so good for McLaren, it’s being spoken about as a very good sign for Alonso at Ferrari. It’s true that Lewis Hamilton is a bit of a wild card, and can quite easily go off track, but the thought of him taking part in Ferrari’s campaign makes a lot of sense for the team.
Lewis Hamilton’s pace in the first three races of the 2017 season In fact, a combination of a lack of information on Ferrari and the team’s first outing in the new car should result in Hamilton’s return of being a bit of a shock. I don’t think we’ll really be seeing the same Hamilton that we know, but I do think that we’ll see a higher running of the McLaren-Honda-Mercedes-Red Bull engine configuration that we’ve seen this year so far.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said on Monday’s F1 Racing podcast:
“Lewis did a very good job with the new engine, and I think in this type of environment it’s really important to get the best from your engines and to get both cars working well in the same car and in the same conditions. And he seems to have done that. Lewis got the best out of it.” So in the right setup, Ferrari can have a much more capable car that not only does it’s job effectively, but also a car that Hamilton could start and finish well with. In fact, Lewis and Ferrari are on the same page, and it’s an obvious thing to notice that:
Lewis Hamilton in the current car
Lewis Hamilton on the McLaren MP4-29 in Abu Dhabi