THE BE­GIN­NING OF THE END

F1 Racing - - INSIDER -

Un­leash­ing Lewis Hamilton on the world should have been Ron’s great­est tri­umph. In­stead, his 2007 su­perteam (fea­tur­ing Voda­fone spon­sor­ship and with cham­pion Fer­nando Alonso in the other car) im­ploded as Hamilton and Alonso fell out and a McLaren de­signer was caught with Fer­rari in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty. The scan­dal en­abled Ron’s neme­sis, FIA pres­i­dent Max Mosley, to hu­mil­i­ate him in pub­lic, end­ing in a vi­cious $100m ne and the dele­tion of con­struc­tor points. Hamilton won the ti­tle in ’08, but it would take more than that to re­pair the damage.

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