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Posted on April 26, 2010
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Fernando Alonso has been speaking in Madrid today at a press event organised by Ferrari sponsor Santander. The 28 year old said that he was relatively pleased to have got through the opening four races with the points he has and believes his title challenge is on target.

Alonso: This is where it really begins (Darren Heath)


Alonso lies third in the championship with 49 points after one win and two fourth places, behind Rosberg on 50 points and championship leader Button on 60 points.

More importantly his competitive instincts have been revived after an uncompetitive 2009 season with Renault, where he could not contemplate winning, even in the most topsy turvy race.

“Being third in the championship, very few points away from the leader, I believe is a very good situation, ” he told reporters.

“With the potential that we have, with the super team that I have, this is just the beginning and I have a real chance to fight for the world championship.

“I’m enjoying it again, and I’ve felt that bug from winning a race or winning the championship again, and that’s the most positive thing about the start to this year.

“We can’t forget that last year during the final part of the season Ferrari was very far from the leaders, so there were a lot of things to confirm and many wishes to grant and they have been granted.”

Alonso believes that the opening races merely served to prove initial thoughts from testing on the relative performance of the cars. But as we saw last year with McLaren, when the development race kicks in for real at the start of the European season, things can change.
“In Europe it is time to show who is going to fight for the title and who isn’t, ” he said.

He didn’t say much about the controversial overtaking move on his team mate Felipe Massa into the pit lane in China. It will be very interesting to see how Massa reacts to this on the track in the next race in Spain and from now on. He needed to raise his game after the opening races to match Alonso and this is likely to have roused him. He now knows what he is up against.

Interestingly Alonso had a pop at the stories in circulation over the weekend that Ferrari had traced its engine problems to the air valve system and would be applying to the FIA to make a change to the engine in the interests of reliability.

“As for the engines, we have found the problems that we had,” he said. “I know there have been things written about the valves and the air consumption system of the engine, which are completely untrue, as it usually happens.”

Both Ferraris had permitted changes to the engines air valve systems in parc ferme, before the start of the race in Malaysia.

Alonso has lost two engines so far this season, giving rise to concerns that he may not have enough to get him through the season, from his original allocation of eight for the year. If he is forced to take a ninth engine at any stage he will start that race ten places back on the grid.

Here is Ferrari’s engine usage plan to date, as I understand it:

Engine 1 - Friday and Saturday in Bahrain, plus Melbourne Friday and Malaysia Friday. Massa used his Engine 1 in China on Friday. Alonso’s failed on Friday morning in China.

Engine 2 - Bahrain race. Alonso used his for Friday pm, Saturday and Sunday in China. Massa used his for Saturday and Sunday in China

Engine 3 – Melbourne Saturday and Sunday. Also the Malaysia engine on Saturday and Sunday, which failed for Alonso.

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  1.   1. Posted By: marques de portago
        Date: April 26th, 2010 @ 8:43 pm 

    I am sure he had the plan to get a s many points as he could in the fly away races. But even if all teams, and most drivers made some mistakes, he made a couple in australia and china, that could have cost him both races. He can not be happy with the results, but at least he is with the same number of points than hamilton, the one he most fears.

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    Simon Reply:

    Why would Lewis be the one he most fears?

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    alex Reply:

    Obviously because of Lewis’ talent, the way he beat him on his debut as a Rookie ? Did you miss it ?

    As Ross Brawn just put it “the guy who is probably the fastest and most naturally talented in motor racing – Lewis Hamilton”

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    Carl Reply:

    They finished equal on points in 2007

    Thalasa Reply:

    I just want to remind you that they finished equal on points. What a great victory!

    Perhaps Hamilton was a rookie, but Alonso was raced against by his own team. Sad.

    BeenDun Reply:

    The guy who has yet to win a race this season.

    Tim Reply:

    while alonson and hamilton had the equal number of points in 2007 hamilton finished 2nd in the championship and alonso third due to number of race wins.

    Didn’t the spanish racing association say that all was fair in the team as well?

    Henry Reply:

    He has a fast, reliable car that will develop very quickly as McLaren’s normally do, and he is one of if not the most talented driver on the grid.

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    K miles Reply:

    Makes me laugh how the alonso fans ignore the fact that alonso was given the preferrential treatment in monaco 07 and silverstone (with the 1 available new suspension package)
    as well as how the two drivers who finished aheadof lewis in brazil with illegal fuel were not DQ’d by stewards!

    B. Rosemeyer Reply:

    Hey, de Portago, I thought you died in a crash when
    you ran out of driving talent in the Mille Miglia.
    Bad form killing those five spectators, by the way.

    Alonso will eat Button and Rosberg alive, when he and his team get everything sorted, which will be soon. Just you wait
    and see if this isn’t how it plays out.

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    ranavalona Reply:

    Ten spectators.

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  2.   2. Posted By: Pawel
        Date: April 26th, 2010 @ 9:08 pm 

    As far as engines are concerned, Ferrari technology seems to me extensive and money-consuming. As such it is true that Ferrari with budget cap would not be competitive.

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    JohnBt Reply:

    Are Lotus, Virgin, HRT and even Sauber competitive? Well they small budgets don’t they. The small teams will be a repeat of past eras, and if you have watched the 70s and 80s did you realise the fall out of the small teams, which was more than 50%. Just be reminded you tube only shows only 10 minutes or slightly more of the races we thought were fantastic, but not the whole race. Beware of the Max syndrome, it’s a big joke. We’re living in the 21st century. And yes F1 is a snobbish sport. So no money no honey, simple.

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    Pawel Reply:

    Redbull showed you can get 1st grid without massive amount of money. You just need a kind of genius in coming up with idea of efficient improvments. What is more I believe McLaren’s f-duct wasn’t expensive toy at all. Ferrari are F1′s Microsoft, luckily in F1 “too big too fall” rule doesn’t exist :)

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  3.   3. Posted By: R.B.
        Date: April 26th, 2010 @ 9:43 pm 

    well, Alonso can wish all he wants but does he stand a chance with his reduced number of engines?

    is the probability of another one failing greatly increased?

    I wonder if he just says that for PR reasons or he really means it?

    time will show

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  4.   4. Posted By: Paul Mc
        Date: April 26th, 2010 @ 10:01 pm 

    James, is Alonso the first F1 driver to have his thumbs insured? :)

    “Alonso’s thumbs are a big symbol as, apart from being essential when driving a Formula 1 car, they represent a sign of victory and that everything is under control and well protected,” said Santander in a statement.

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  5.   5. Posted By: Stuart Fenton
        Date: April 26th, 2010 @ 10:07 pm 

    The two gladiators are Lewis and Fernando. Great drivers with tons of mental strength and determination, more so than anyone on the grid. Thats what’s going to give, him especially, the edge. He did it twice against the reining german king. Plus, he’s so darn cool.

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    Sam Reply:

    Its strange that a lot of people have been mentioning the fact that he beat the German twice.
    In fact it was once against Kimi and once against Michael.
    MS wasn’t directly competing with Alonso in 2005 and if we gotta use this logic Massa beat Alonso in 08 and Lewis beat him 3 times in a row.

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    Soumya Banerjee Reply:

    nd in 2005 he won the championship with pure
    reliability. He’s a great racer all right,but he wasnt the best racer in 2005

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    Bill Day Reply:

    What about Vettel?

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  6.   6. Posted By: Rich C
        Date: April 26th, 2010 @ 10:22 pm 

    Typical PR rubbish you would expect from a PR session.

    What intrigues me is the business of changing parts in the engine in parc ferme “in the interests of reliability.”

    Does *everybody that has such issues get to change stuff, or just Ferrari? They couldn’t just turn it down a little during the race?
    Sounds like more “a rule isn’t really a rule if its Ferrari” to me.

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    mvi Reply:

    Well, with 2 engines already gone, reliability IS the issue here, so it is reasonable that Ferrari requested permission to make changes to improve reliability, as the regulations allow.

    I imagine Sauber was relieved to see this happen too, as they also had problems related to their Ferrari engines.

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    Tommo Reply:

    Smells a bit fishy doesn’t it.

    Reliability is part of the engineering competition. If you choose to build a fast but unreliable engine that decision should have consequences.

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    Gilles Reply:

    They’re all allowed to do that, I think Renault did the same last year.

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    bomskok Reply:

    Rich C

    Oh rubbish with this conspiracy nonsence! Maybe you could argue that there are special “allowances” for other teams as well? Lewis H not getting punished for weaving and his pitlane incident with Vettel, McLaren being allowed to use a “movable aerodynamic device”, etc.

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    Rich C Reply:

    So is it in the rules, or not? Thats all I want to know.

    It just seems ‘not on’ to be allowing ppl to change engine parts, or indeed anything, in parc ferme.

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    Pierce89 Reply:

    adding air to the pnuematic valves is legal, and it’s not changng parts.

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  7.   7. Posted By: Mike from Medellin, Colombia
        Date: April 26th, 2010 @ 11:19 pm 

    Why are there so many worries about a 9th engine? A 10 place grid drop at one race is not going to wreck his title bid….certainly not at this stage.

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    krad Reply:

    A 9th engine would almost certainly be at the end of the season and could well do

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    Henry Reply:

    I completely agree, if he has to use another engine, or even two, it shouldn’t stop him scoring points in those races, as we have seen him do already. He is one of a handful of drivers who really can fight their way through field, and the ferrari is fast enough for him to do it. Its not going to be an engine penalty that decides this season title, I dont think.

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  8.   8. Posted By: dulait
        Date: April 26th, 2010 @ 11:20 pm 

    Recent history tells us that McLaren develop their car at a superior rate than their rivals. So it was last season, and so it has proven thus far this season.

    I’m still of the view that in a straight forward shootout, devoid of complicated weather conditions including cool track temperatures which seemed to derail Hamilton in qualifying moreso that others, Hamilton has to ability to comfortably outstrip Button on raw pace.

    While that bodes well for qualifying, the new tyre rules quite possibly hurt Hamilton moreso than all others in race trim. His style is on the limit 100% of the time. 2010 doesn’t lend itself well to that approach. He needs to learn to manage races and attack only when necessary.

    For me we haven’t seen Alonso and Ferrari’s full hand yet. I imagine their combined race pace in Spain will leave them top of the pile, however Red Bull should again shade qualifying again but are likely to suffer with excessive tyre wear during the race.

    It’ll be interesting……..

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    Carl Reply:

    There is no history to show McLaren develop their cars quicker than rivals.

    Some rivals last year focused on 2010.

    Remember its easier to make large improvements the further back down the grid you are.

    E.g a 5 second improvement by HRT would be much easier than McLaren finding 5 tenths.

    Or Red Bull 3 tenths.

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    dulait Reply:

    2009 two foremost teams = Brawn & Red Bull

    2009 first race Australian GP: gap McLaren to Brawn in qualifying = 1 sec approx (direct comparison not exact due to McLaren exit in P2)

    2009 final race Abu Dhabi GP: gap McLaren to formost team (Brawn or Red Bull) -0.7 secs.

    Net gain = 1.7 secs McLaren gain over foremost teams over course of season.

    Similar 2010

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    Amritraj Reply:

    McLaren did improve significantly, but they weren’t competitive at all the tracks. Everyone knows that the biggest gains are made in the aerodynamics of the car. And all the tracks which tested the aero aspect of the car, McLaren weren’t at the pace of the Red Bull or the Brawn.

    The 2nd point which is more important is the fact that McLaren was running KERS, while Red Bull and Brawn weren’t. So you don’t have an apple-to-apple comparison in this case.

    Bottom line is that it would be ill-advised to compare what happened last season to draw analogies for the current one.

    dulait Reply:

    Precise comparisons are indeed difficult, but no matter which way you analyse McLaren’s pace vis a vis their competitors over the course of the season, on balance they demonstrated the biggest gains overall

    Soumya Banerjee Reply:

    Yes but last season McLaren’s development was helped by red bull’s mid-season unreliability,
    Brawn’s pace regression and Ferrari choosing not to develop the F60. Otherwise it wouldnt have seemed so spectacular.

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  9.   9. Posted By: Jeremiah
        Date: April 27th, 2010 @ 12:34 am 

    Fast Fred, once he has beaten everyone in F1, he will go on to America and have the best time of his life.
    Ferrari is going to promote U.S.A. racing for the totality of the group ( Chrysler,
    Dodge, Alfa, Ferrari tuning of American cars of the group, etc.
    He can build himself a ranch in California with a dirt bike track and a cart track, and fly with a private small plane to events all over the States.
    Way much more fun than a Tilkedome session with no alcholic drinks, out in the boondocks.

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  10.   10. Posted By: mike
        Date: April 27th, 2010 @ 12:48 am 

    alonso is right where he wants to be. Close, with expectation levels a little less than when he started the season. Better to come from behind and chasing then to cling onto a lead. He is right, this is where it all starts, and he has psychological and points advantage over his teammate. But ofr a couple of mistakes in the early races, he would be at the front but this is not an issue for him, he is all about the long haul and big picture, especially after his Mcclaren experience.

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  11.   11. Posted By: Jake Cooper, Australia
        Date: April 27th, 2010 @ 3:02 am 

    It was importnant for the sport that Alonso drives a competitive car because he is a great champion & he is one of those drivers who outperforms the car consistently. I’ve never been an Alonso fan, but he has improved as a person over the last 2 years. And that is why even though I reckon his pass on Filipe wasn’t a pretty one but necessary one. There really was nothing to talk about that & Ferrari surely have dealt with that internally. As far as racing goes, Alonso is still the favourite

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  12.   12. Posted By: Red5
        Date: April 27th, 2010 @ 7:17 am 

    No question Alonso will be at the front fighting for the title. But so will a number of other drivers.

    Reliability let Red Bull down last year and this could be the weakest link in Ferrari’s championship plans. Engines aside, the Ferrari looks like a strong car during the race with the advantage that Alonso can adapt his driving style if required to work around small issues, as we saw.

    There are 4 different teams currently holding the top 5 places in the table. And Kubica will be in the hunt should any of the front runners hit problems. I think the pace will pick up now as all the teams start to bring upgrades to the European races. It’s almost impossible to tell who will be fastest in Spain whilst Monaco has its own unique characteristics. Could be Turkey before we really get a clear picture of who is at the front.

    It’s going to be an unpredictable and enthralling season. Will be fascinating to see who has the inner strength to fight to the end. And that has to be one of Alonso’s trump cards.

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  13.   13. Posted By: Dale
        Date: April 27th, 2010 @ 7:37 am 

    I for one hope Massa, after the Alonso pit overtake, now shows us if he’s a real contender or not.
    I hope he is as it’ll be fun to see Alonso throw his toys out of his pram again :)

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  14.   14. Posted By: Matt
        Date: April 27th, 2010 @ 8:24 am 

    I’m not a fan of Alonso, but i think he is a great driver.

    For all the talk of Vettel and Button etc, all i really want to see is Alonso Vs Hamilton, Ferrari Vs McLaren, in a straight out duel for both titles.

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  15.   15. Posted By: John
        Date: April 27th, 2010 @ 8:38 am 

    Alonso has only had 1 clean race this season yet hes very close to the wdc lead and has a very fast car so hes the main danger man still imo. He’s just warming up.

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  16.   16. Posted By: Phil I
        Date: April 27th, 2010 @ 9:44 am 

    Rich, Im a big McLaren fan, and have never really been a big fan of Ferrari but Im afraid on this occasion its not a case of ‘One rule for Ferrari’. Any team who can demonstrate to the FIA just cause for making a modification to their engine to improve reliability can do so. As far as I understand it pretty heavily moderated to prevent misuse of the system. Plus, Ferrari are hardly best friends with the FIA like they used to be, Jean Todt or no!

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  17.   17. Posted By: hesus
        Date: April 27th, 2010 @ 10:35 am 

    Not a Fernando fan but I think he’s far more complete driver that Hamilton (especially mentally) and should fight for the title even with the 9th engine penalty.
    Button will be his biggest opponent – one or two more races and I think Mclaren will/should focus on him instead of Hami.
    Mclaren speed of developement is impressive but this year it’s impossible to find a 1s as they did it in 2009. Last year they had a bunch of ideas from other teams they adopted, now they are team to copy from. So in my opinion if they don’t find 0.3 s in Barcelona they will stay as the 3rd fastest.
    Sorry for grammar but I’m not used to write in English.

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    Freespeech Reply:

    Der, I guess that’s why Hamilton BEAT Alonso in his rookie year AND every year since :?:

    FACT, Hamilton beat Alonso in his very first year in F1 get over it.

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    hesus Reply:

    I have no problem with Hamilton beating Alonso, chill. In fact they were equal on points and Lewis stalled his car in the last race by mistake. I know, rookie season, but fact is a fact. Another fact is that Marcus Winkelhock led the very first F1 race he ever entered beating Hami and Nando :) what does it prove?

    My opinion is – these two are equal in raw speed (vide Quali 2007), but experience, flexibility and mental strenth is behind Alonso. Just my opinion.

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    Michael Reply:

    FACT: Hamilton didn’t beat Alonso when they were at Mclaren. They finished on equal points.

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    Komieko Reply:

    Hamilton was equal on points – yes. However with more race wins than Alonso he was given the second place ranking over Alonso, therefore BEATING Alonso. Those are the rules of the sport. If it hurts your feelings, get tough. Lewis sure has over the years.

    Dave c Reply:

    Actually they had the same amount of wins in 2007 with 4 each FACT!
    If alonso didn’t get penalised in qualifying for France and Hungary then he would of won more races and the title that year FACT!
    In 2008 and 2009 it was impossible for alonso to beat him due to inferior car FACT!

    Komieko Reply:

    Excuse me, equal race wins more podiums for Lewis ; 0 )

    If Bulls had wings I’m sure they could fly, but Lewis still beat Fernando. FACT!

    rafa Reply:

    I´m getting all confused about these 1 year comparisons… so LH is better than FA because he beat him in his rookie year, and then Button is probably better because he beat them both last year, and then obviously has to be better than Schumacher who is a 7 time world champion… eerrr… as I said I´m all confused


  18.   18. Posted By: CanadaGP
        Date: April 27th, 2010 @ 10:44 am 

    Doesn’t the new rule require a driver to lose 10 grid places for 2 races this year compared to just 1 race last year for exceeding their engine allocation? What if a driver needs 2 new engines? Does that mean 4 races to lose 10 grid spots?

    I think this can become a factor in Alonso’s WDC chances although we have seen in previous races that he can make up a number of places during the race. He will probably try to win as many races early to clinch the points battle with 4 races to spare so dropping grid allocations will be irrelevant. I see the 10 European season races to be critical in Alonso’s chances. He needs to have a big lead by Singapore or else the extra engines will cost him his WDC possibility.

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  19.   19. Posted By: Antoine
        Date: April 27th, 2010 @ 11:03 am 

    I have a feeling we haven’t seen the best of Alonso yet. It’s seems like the season really does start in Barcelona for drivers and teams.

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  20.   20. Posted By: Munzer
        Date: April 27th, 2010 @ 12:12 pm 

    If this season was all about “raw pace”, then we may as well hand the title to Hamilton or Vettel or some other so-called ‘always-on-the-limit’ driver. But thankfully, particularly with the new rules, it’s not and having “raw pace” is about as much use as a chocolate fireguard. Although it may come in handy in qualifying, but only if you don’t wreck the tyres going for pole.

    This seasons title could be anyone of about eight or maybe even ten drivers to go for right now. But from a reliabilty point of view, I know which car I’d rather be in.

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    Bison Reply:

    I still believe raw pace will win the title this year, the only difference is the driver has to drive away and control the race from the front, in that way he can conserve his tyres better. For instance there isn’t any data to suggest that certain drivers chew up their tyres more than others, all we know is that they use them differently during the race as others charge from the back while others control from the front.

    In terms of tyre management all the drivers are equal, so raw pace and intelligence is the only thing that will set them apart this year as in any other year. The tyre management theory is simply a theory, there’s no data to back it up.

    Drivers who can get pole and win from there have a better chance of winning the title, Vettel, Alonso and Hamilton who are the quickest have a better chance in my opinion.

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    Munzer Reply:

    So you think that all of the drivers are equal on tyre management!!!??? Mr Hirohide Hamashima think differently.

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    Stevie P Reply:

    I would say that certain drivers use their tyres up more than others – I believe James has even quoted an F1 engineer or a Bridgestone technician, as saying so too.

    If you’re out front, you can manage your tyres… as we’ve seen with Button at times… provided that you’re not under constant attack.

    If you’re in the pack and want to make progress forward, you have to take some of the life out of the tyres in order to pass people… as we’ve seen with Hamilton… plus following closely behind someone, as we all know, takes more life out of the tyre too.

    Going fast, whilst not taking the life out of your tyres is paramount and what all are looking for… being at the front helps the strategy of tyre management.

    Alonso will be there or thereabouts come seasons end. As I hope will Vettel, Hamilton, Button and many more… wouldn’t it be great to get down to the last few Grand Prix with many still in contention?

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    Sharp_Saw Reply:

    @Munzer

    I might be right in thinking that Alonso has demonstrated in Malaysia that he isn’t short in the “raw pace” department as well.

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  21.   21. Posted By: Alex
        Date: April 27th, 2010 @ 12:16 pm 

    Using a ninth engine need not be the end of the world for Alonso. There shall likely be a race late on in the season where Alonso will be starting well down the grid for whatever reason and Ferrari could take that opportunity to introduce a brand new ninth unit.

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    Phil C Reply:

    The problem with that however, is that after qualifying, the cars are in Parc Ferme. Only changes to do with reliability can be made. So Ferrari can’t just decide to bung a new unit in for the sake of it.

    Plus, if he’s down in 10th, he still has a chance. dropping to 20th puts him in danger of a collision and less chance of taking points, which at a late stage in the season could prove a disaster.

    I like the story that he’s insured his thumbs, maybe Ferrari’s F-Duct means he has to plug a hole with them instead of his knee…?!!

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  22.   22. Posted By: Robert
        Date: April 27th, 2010 @ 1:57 pm 

    I have been slightly confused by the new point systems (not in terms of how much or why everyone gets what it does but the strength of the points leads people have over each other) so i have made a table of what the Championshiop would look like if they had not changed it.

    Here you go:

    Button 23
    Alonso 20
    Hamilton 20
    Rosberg 20
    Vettel 18
    Kubica 17
    Massa 16
    Webber 10
    Sutil 4
    Schumacher 3
    Liuzzi 2
    Petrov 2
    Barrichello 1

    The top 7 cars separated by 7 points!

    Would have been shaping up for one hell of a season (still is in my mind).

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  23.   23. Posted By: Francesco
        Date: April 27th, 2010 @ 5:10 pm 

    Jeremiah.
    You are good.
    Spot on,keep it up.

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  24.   24. Posted By: Glen
        Date: April 27th, 2010 @ 5:15 pm 

    It isn’t inconceivable that all the top teams may use up their engine allocations. This could potentially result in some strange grids at the end of the year.

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  25.   25. Posted By: steve
        Date: April 27th, 2010 @ 9:01 pm 

    Interesting comments from Alonso, but i have no doubt he will fight tooth and nail to win this years WDC.
    Intelligent,ruthless and completely focused,and i don,t think even if Ferrari towards the end of the season have to drop 10 places because of engine allocation running out,Alonso would not be fazed. As for beating Schumacher twice,he has 2005,2006,the bench mark was Schumacher not Raikonnen who has only won a WDC once,enough said.

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  26.   26. Posted By: Andy C
        Date: April 27th, 2010 @ 9:03 pm 

    It is quite an interesting point on the engines.

    Dropping 10 grid places for changing an engine may not necessarily harm the chances of the front runners too much.

    If you remember some of the races so far this season where front runners have come from way back to finish on the podium.

    It will be interesting to see it develop over the year.

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  27.   27. Posted By: JohnBt
        Date: April 28th, 2010 @ 2:19 am 

    Alonso’s vision of the WDC will be the “big picture”. If Ferrari have found the root cause of it’s fragile engine, watch Alonso do his “chunking” mode by gathering more podiums and points. There’s a huge group who knows he will beat some overrated driver anytime. “Ruthless” a term use for Alonso repeatedly, wasn’t Schumi worse?

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  28.   28. Posted By: F1
        Date: April 28th, 2010 @ 11:00 am 

    Definitely think Alonso is well-placed despite a fairly average start and will be looking to push on, especially in his home GP!

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  29.   29. Posted By: Thompson
        Date: April 28th, 2010 @ 4:19 pm 

    I swear I don’t get it, reading the comments so far its hilarious. Alonso, cool, calm, a thinking driver…this the same man who has brought nothing but touble and controversy to every team his been in since leaving Renault after winning his two championships.

    The man has talent, but unless he gets preferential treatment his own way, as proved he is not much of a team player. And its the team that will provide the hardware to win this year. Thus far he as already made the 1st steps to destroying any commardary in the Ferrari paddock.

    Apart from the Massa incident, it looks like you all forgot him keeping is foot in when he knew the engine was going. It’ll be interesting to see how things develope within Ferrari, would’nt suprise me if they star going backwards.

    Can’t help feel he’s lucky to have Santander backing

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    Faisal Reply:

    Would you explain why exactly wouldn’t Ferrari back him if he is faster than Massa consistently and outqualifying/outracing him on regular basis ? Santander gives money to Ferrari to advertise them, they do not tell Ferrari what strategy to employ regarding their drivers.

    And what trouble he has brought to every team ? At Renault, he was always happy bar one,two situations. At McLaren, we all know it was equally Ron Dennis at fault after being confirmed by Montoya,Raikkonen,DC. At Ferrari, one racing move and it’s storm brewing ahead ?

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    Thompson Reply:

    Its a little premature to talk about who Ferrari will back. I’d expect them to back whoever is leading within the team depending on points situation by 3/4 of the season. That said it makes no sense to be ruffling feathers at this stage of the season.
    Massa as so far had the more reliable car, he has the better garage regardless of pace. Alonso has had problems. If this continues maybe Alonso’s machanics may need support from Massas crew – why make things within the Farrari paddock difficult now?

    Regards Mclaren and Ron Dennis – Montoya was never the real deal, Raikonan got impatient and DC never deserved to be in a Mclaren, considering he had 9 seasons and never coming close to a championship in a championship winning car (Add one full season with Williams too ) or even beating a team mate.

    Alonso’s behavior at Mclaren was a disgrace, holding a team to ransom to try and slow down a team mate…and you don’t think he had anything to do with crash-gate at Renault?

    Every journey starts with one step, at Ferrari this could just be the first.

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  30.   30. Posted By: mike
        Date: May 3rd, 2010 @ 1:13 am 

    Schumacher has only ever done well when there is a clear preference for him. Hamilton is getting his licks this year from Button when we all thought he would get preferential treatment, himself included. Vettel is clearly better than Webber and is No.1 in his team. My point? I think Alonso has every right to feel he should be No. 1 as I think it is the only way that you solve individual and team goals for the WDC. The last time you had 2 equal drivers going for it was Mclaren with prost/senna hamilton/alonso and maybe williams with mansell/piquet. All cases were PR and PC nightmares for all involved and innuendo into whom was with whom in the garage and at exec level which causes major cracks for team unity. By the way, callous as it may be I feel Massa pre crash last was probably not going to get the drive for ferrari in 2010. After that accident Ferrari would have lost huge support by dumping him. They had to be seen to be doin g the right thing. Now it is playing out exactly as we would expect. Alonso is just a better driver and manager of the car.2 championships against a fully fit Schumacher define his ability and credetials.

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    Thompson Reply:

    Do you want a procession or racing?

    Senna/Prost, Mansell/piquet Hamilton/Alonso provided some of the most memoreble racing in recent F1 racing history. Without them I doubt you would have the interest we have today.

    You want champions,real champions them make them race I say. PR and PC nightmares maybe, but great entertainment and racing definately.

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  31.   31. Posted By: mike
        Date: May 5th, 2010 @ 11:50 am 

    thompson, I agree with you. I honestly think that the pit incursion with alonso and massa was great. Indeed, I think they should all go toe to toe. I just think that alonso IS a better driver, no 1 or not. My point was really in relation to schumacher who got the best of everything and we never really saw him challenged in a ferrari. It was laid out for him. As a result we saw 7 years of boredom. Thats my fan perspective. My manger persective would be to avoid the PR disasters stated. its corporates v purists…like all sports these days.

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