You've got to take your hat off to Alonso. A few years back when Hamilton first got his seat in a McLaren, old Fernando came across as a bit of a diva. Since going to Ferrari, he's kind of proved his class a bit, being able to extract more out of the car than maybe he should. The real proof of the pudding though will be having Kimi Raikkonen sat in the same kit, next to him. I think despite the Finn being a genuinely accomplished world champion in his own right, Alonso will fare better, although the relationship will probably make him try even harder than he is now.
These new engines will make also hopefully make a big difference, as it's an entirely new kind of power plant to the sport, well, especially when compared to the current kit, and even the big boys are going to have a few problems getting them to be reliable, as well as efficient.
At the end of the day, like football, it's a resource dependent sport, and the more money you can spend on R&D, then the better your chances. Any team that can afford to run two teams has obviously got the jump on the others financially. Though to a degree they must be keeping a level of separation between RBR and STR, otherwise they'd consistently have four cars in the first four slots on the grid.
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