#38, has commented back on Three times a driver about how he feels De La Rosa would have been as good as Hamilton. I thought I’d drag my reply up to the top.
I think that Hamilton is very good, but I’m pretty sure he isn’t as good as Alonso. He might have the potential to be, but as they say one swallow does not make a summer. The last race might have made it out that way but it was a clearly a matter of the drive suiting one driver more than the other.
I don’t however think that De La Rosa would have done as well. He was pretty good but I have never seen him do anything like the first corner heroics that Hamilton has done. That’s what’s impressed everyone. He has innate racing nous. Some people can drive cars quickly and reliably (and almost every F1 driver counts in that category they have to) but some of them are born racers and I think that’s what gives them the edge (Kimi, Alonso and Hamilton seem to have this).