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Posted By: James Allen  |  03 May 2010   |  6:48 pm GMT  |  106 comments

Fernando Alonso has been speaking about life at Ferrari in an interview with Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. The Spaniard has claimed Michael Schumacher’s decision to turn his back on Ferrari in favour of a return to Formula 1 with Mercedes GP has helped him settle in more quickly with Italian team.

Alonso: Feels Schumacher's absence makes more room for him (Darren Heath)


Alonso, who won the season opener in Bahrain and currently lies third in the championship with 49 points, is clearly enjoying competing at the front again after spending two relatively uncompetitive seasons at Renault and feels the absence of Schumacher, both as a driver and Ferrari team consultant, has helped the atmosphere.

“Now, maybe, we’re a little freer,” Alonso told the Corriere.

When asked about whether life at Ferrari was as he imagined he said, “No, it’s different. It’s even better. I expected to come to the strongest team, being able to benefit from the potential. But Ferrari is much more: it’s a passion, a philosophy, a way of life. I’m contaminated by this emotion.”

Ferrari were disappointed by Schumacher’s decision to leave them and discard all the brand value they had built together in favour of a new programme with Mercedes, for whom he will advertise and promote competing road cars. It is easy to see how this would work in Alonso’s favour, far more than if he had come in to a team where Schumacher was still a consultant, especially given their history.

So far this season, Red Bull has looked like the fastest car in terms of outright pace, with pole in each of the four races, however Alonso still believes Ferrari are the team to beat in the race for the championship.

“Red Bull is stronger in the qualifying and they are very fast; but we can catch up in the race,” he said. “McLaren knows how to develop its cars very fast, but we’re not joking either. Ferrari favourite for the championship.”

The relationship between Alonso and team-mate Felipe Massa will be closely monitored in Spain next weekend after Alonso pulled an audacious move on the Brazilian in the pitlane at the Chinese Grand Prix. It is bound to draw a reaction on the track from Massa, who has seemed sub par in the opening part of the season. He knows that he needs to raise his game and maybe that move will be the trigger for him to ‘get angry’ and take the fight to Alonso. I suspect it will. However Alonso is adamant the two have a good working relationship.

“Felipe and I are complementary,” he said. “While I’m missing something in the corners he has, while I am faster in some sections. Learning from each other is a secret. Who could create problems? [Jenson] Button and [Lewis] Hamilton.”

But when asked if he would repeat the move on Massa if presented with the opportunity again, Alonso stoked the fire saying: “Absolutely yes.”

And you know he means it. It was ruthless, but it was also the move of a champion.

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  1. Pedro says:

    Alonso is going to get the taste of his own medicine in Spain. I can imagine Alonso trying to pass Massa and getting the ax. It could be a Senna move (1990) or a Prost move (1989) but I know he is gonna move and Alonso is gonna get “moved”.

    1. Trent says:

      The only way Felippe is going to regain ‘status’ is to be totally unmoving in his on track dealings with Alonso. He can not give Alonso an inch. If Fernando wants to avoid a team collision, he will need to back off.

      If Felippe yields in an on-track skirmish and becomes the team player again, his will never have the same level of respect. Whatever the contract says, he will forever be No. 2.

      1. Ben says:

        That was what I assumed he meant – however without seeing the interviewer’s question it was not immediately obvious.

      2. Ben says:

        Hmmm, there appears to have been a bug with the touch interface for this blog as this was a reply to the reply by mvi to my message below.

    2. Sebee says:

      Amen brother!

      I’ve been saying that karma will look after is issue in Spain. Let’s all not forget to be on the lookout for Alonso’s karma. I hear it had paddock passes to ensure it’s in the prime seat.

  2. Ben says:

    James, when Alonso says “Who could create problems? Button and Hamilton.” Does he mean they could create problems for him winning the championship or is it a dig at them as team mates, saying that if they are someone’s teammate they will create problems for the other driver? The quote is very ambiguous.

    1. mvi says:

      In the interview he was specifically asked which driver pairing could make it difficult for the Alonso/Massa pair. It sounds to be simply in the competitive sense of team vs team. Not surprised at his answer.

      1. Ben says:

        That was what I assumed he meant – however without seeing the interviewer’s question it was not immediately obvious.

    2. Ryan Eckford says:

      I think Fernando is trying to imply that Ferrari are better placed to win the championship because McLaren, in their quest to make things equal between Hamilton and Button are destroying their chances to win it because they are sabotaging Hamilton’s weekends.

      Australia: Q1: HAM 0.149 behind BUT
      Q2: HAM 0.653 behind BUT
      China: Q1: HAM 0.481 in front of BUT
      Q2: HAM 0.515 in front of BUT
      Q3: HAM 0.055 behind BUT

      Compared to Bahrain:
      Q1: HAM 0.374 in front of BUT
      Q2: HAM 0.461 in front of BUT
      Q3: HAM 0.455 in front of BUT

      It is quite clear that McLaren have sabotaged Hamilton’s qualifying in Australia and definitely in China this year to try and give Button an advantage. It is clear team orders and is not fair or equal.

      1. Ben says:

        What on earth are you smoking? Assuming there is a conspiracy theory why would they provide the ‘evidence’ you are using for your whole argument, ie letting Hamilton beat Button in Bahrain?

        In Australia Hamilton had problems heating up his tyres in Q2 and thus couldn’t set a competitive lap and in China his Q3 lap with within 15/100ths of a second of his Q2 lap.

        It would not be in McLaren’s interests to sabotage one of their drivers, especially this early in the season.

      2. Pierce89 says:

        What a load of BS. Mclaren wouldn’t sabotage their golden boy.

      3. TM says:

        Wow I love F1 but never knew it could also be so funny!
        You’re hilarious!

      4. Amritraj says:

        McLaren sabotaging Hamilton for Button. Have you lost it my friend. They supported him against a driver like Alonso, and now they are sabotaging his chance for Button. Get real or take this nonsense to some other blog please.

  3. Paul Douglas says:

    He’s confident, I’ll give him that. I’m not sure he’s right about Ferrari being the favourites though. At this stage, McLaren are the more credible threat. They already have two wins under their belt and they have the championship leads – AND we know they just get faster and faster through the year.

    1. John Z says:

      McLaren have run very well under changing track conditions. I’d dare say they’ve had a bit of luck on their side & Button certainly has benefitted from correct tyre calls and what not. I think these results have somewhat flattered McLaren’s true form. They still have not outqualified the Red Bulls yet this season. Hamilton also has not been able to beat Alonso in qualifying so far in 4 races. But I will say that McLaren have certainly proved reliable. You are assuming that McLaren will get faster through the year, but that is not a certainty. Ferrari and Red Bull have not sat still for these past 3 weeks. Each will be bringing aerodynamic upgrades to Barcelona, as will McLaren and Mercedes. Ferrari should also trot out a new version of the F Duct rear wing. It’s anyone’s guess who will do the best job but Ferrari and McLaren are still trying to catch Red Bull at the moment.

  4. Feb says:

    He has the same fierce look on his face, the same passion as Michael Schumacher, for sure, which is probably the reason why they don’t like each other. And as a Schumi fan for ever, i don’t like him either, and i couldn’t wait for the season to start and to see Schumi fight him and others to race victories, to be angry at being 5th or 6th, or when his car broke down.. It is one thing you have limited possibilities and you simply can’t, it is another thing that you don’t push and don’t even care..
    now i wish Alonso had to put up with Schumacher as a consultant so i wouldn’t have to watch 2000 season to remind me of how capable a driver Schumi ‘was’..

  5. Marc says:

    ..Only a blinded fan would call that move a move of champions. It was a move by a backstabber parasite who endangered his team mate and team, by almost taking out both cars.

    If Massa hadnt taken evasive action, Alonso would have crashed 2 Ferraris out of the race in the pitlane and you would have called it the most idiotic move ever by any driver.

    What Massa did was a move to compliment.

    Brazilian media reported that after the race Massa used very colorful language against Alonsos face, including saying something like “if you try a cowardice trick like that again, I will not evade and you will crash into me, period”.

    1. GP says:

      The fact is Alonso caught Massa sleeping, as simple as that. The rules are clear, passing is allowed. Given the width of that particular piece of track it would have been child’s play to prevent Alonso from passing. But you have to have the presence of mind and that’s what Massa didn’t have at that moment.

      A champion pounces at every opportunity. You’re just frustrated because your driver just isn’t sharp enough. It’s fascinating to watch emotion overrule reason.

      1. marc says:

        Says the Alonso fan I assume?

        Making your team mate go over the grass to avoid you crashing into him is a a pathetic move and a display of very bad character. Alonso has shown over and over again he cares not about the team. Only his own huge ego. He would sell his mom to get another title.

        If Massa had done the same to Alonso, you Alonso fanboys would start a petition to make Massa resign, lol.

        And I am for Button, he is leading, 2 wins, so who isn’t sharp?

      2. MartinWR says:

        It was the move of someone happy (as he has said himself) to claim a fraudulent victory in a race that was fixed by his own team. That says a lot about what kind of a character he is. I’m sorry, but ruthlessness can be taken a bit too far, so I’m with Marc. The guy’s pathetic, regardless of his talent as a driver.

        Nowadays character seems to count for nothing, so anyone can be a “hero” and there are certainly one or two of them around on the F1 scene. I don’t go for that.

    2. TM says:

      I don’t like him but that move was fair game and it definitely was the move of a champion. Massa took the evasive action of somebody who will probably never be champion.

    3. mvi says:

      It was a good wake-up call for Felipe and it will probably not happen again. It will be good for the team that both drivers sharpen up so they don’t lose out to McLaren, Red Bull, Mercedes. All teams are saying the drivers are equal and are supposed to compete, so I would hardly call it back-stabbing. Parasite????

    4. Amritraj says:

      In most overtaking moves,especially in the corners, somebody has to give way or else they will all result in crashes.

      I’m sure if Alonso had DC in the other car, the pit-lane entry would have been blocked with 2 accidented cars.

      By the way, if you missed it, LH performed the overtake on SV in the same area.

    5. fausta says:

      Totally disagree, Massa left the door open and Alonso snapped at it. With so little opportunities to overtake you have to take what you can get.

      I guess if you do not like a driver you find anything to take a shot at him!

    6. Chris says:

      Very well said my thoughts exactly.

    7. Carlos says:

      Alonso has been very conservative when behind Massa, as if his policy was to pass only if Massa made a mistake. In this case he did; he slid at the previous corner. Alonso didn’t expect him to recover so quickly so he decided to pass him, and followed through with it even after it was no longer a smooth an easy pass. I think that’s all it was… committing to a pass too early.

    8. Raf says:

      Alonso’s a world champion in every way and he has got Massa’s number. Massa still whines a hell of a lot, about how “everyone wanted me to win over hamilton blah blah blah” in the same manner he still goes on about how “Peter Sauber fired me at the end of ’02 and then i showed him” or “i couldn’t get a good lap because Alonso was (some 2 secs!!!) in front of me (Monza ’06).” Yeah, whatever. Massa is not world champion material, he was already being gifted the ’08 championship and still he let it slip. That so called “6th win” over Hamilton was stolen from the McLaren driver by Max Mosley and his stooges. What Massa was in ’08 was a, “good story teller” admist all the drama, controversy and politics.

      It’s a relief to see him back, but Massa is a charity case this year, in the same way he was a charity case back in ’08 and (schumacher’s) at the end of ’06.

      Because Alonso did that “champion of champions” move in China, Ferrari went home with more points as opposed to if he stayed behind Massa and played the waiting game like he did for the 2 previous races.

      “A true champion is not necessarily defined by how much he is admired, but how he rises and overcomes the face of adversity”. Enter alonso, hamilton, schumacher, senna, prost, etc.

    9. Raf says:

      Alonso’s a world champion in every way and he has got Massa’s number. Massa still whines a hell of a lot, about how “everyone wanted me to win over hamilton blah blah blah” in the same manner he still goes on about how “Peter Sauber fired me at the end of ’02 and then i showed him” or “i couldn’t get a good lap because Alonso was (some 2 secs!!!) in front of me (Monza ’06).” Yeah, whatever. Massa is not world champion material, he was already being gifted the ’08 championship and still he let it slip. That so called “6th win” over Hamilton was stolen from the McLaren driver by Max Mosley and his stooges. What Massa was in ’08 was a, “good story teller” admist all the drama, controversy and politics.

      It’s a relief to see him back, but Massa is a charity case this year, in the same way he was a charity case back in ’08 and (schumacher’s) at the end of ’06.

      Because Alonso did that “champion of champions” move in China, Ferrari went home with more points as opposed to if he stayed behind Massa and played the waiting game like he did for the 2 previous races.

      “A true champion is not necessarily defined by how much he is admired, but how he rises and overcomes the face of adversity”. Enter alonso, hamilton, schumacher, senna, prost, etc.

  6. Piranha says:

    I don’t see Alonso winning this year, he has a lot to do.

    “But when asked if he would repeat the move on Massa if presented with the opportunity again, Alonso stoked the fire saying: “Absolutely yes.””

    But Massa’s reaction won’t be like the first time :)

    1. Charlie says:

      Erm, Bahrain anyone?

  7. rachel says:

    What an arrogant man, he sounds like he can walk on water. Schumacher’s achievements at Ferrari will never be bettered by this man, that’s for sure. Massa had to take avoiding action, so secured both Ferraris into the points. Alonso thinks he can make Ferrari his own team? Well, Botin better had pump more cash into it and while they are reconstructing Ferrari as some spanish team, why don’t they go the whole hog and hire Alonso’s F1 daddy, Briatore and lap dog Piquet? A death knell in Ferrari’s F1 career. He is like a plague.

    1. mvi says:

      Alonso is very respectful of Schumacher, in this interview and others. More than once in past interviews he has said it is highly unlikely that anyone can match Schumacher’s achievements.

      And in this particular interview he does not come across as arrogant at all. It is quite a nice interview. Perhaps the title above with life being ‘better without Schumacher’ sounds provocative.

    2. Tifozi says:

      I totally agree.
      I just hope Felipe Massa runs Alonso wide and he get’s stuck in the gravel.
      Then I would love to hear Alonso say , we have no problem.
      And Massa should say ” I would do it again ”
      LOL

    3. Ryan says:

      Boohoo! A post completely devoid of reason, just rabid hate and irrationality. If Alonso is like a plague, then clearly all the top F1 teams would love to be infected with his brand of plague (2X WDC).

      It’s also hilarious that you choose to despise him for sounding ‘arrogant’ and then go on to sing the praises of Schumacher.

      1. TM says:

        Think McLaren is one top team who wouldn’t want that particular 2 X WDC back.

      2. rachel says:

        Yeah a 2WDC thanks to a superior Michelin tyre and Mercedes going kamboo! McLaren don’t want him, Ferrari won’t want him after this season, the only team he’s ever been successful was at Renault when they had that briatore guy in charge. Schumacher had a reason to be arrogant, so did Senna, so did every other great champion. Alonso is nothing compared to them.

  8. Peter says:

    All this gushing of praise to Ferrari – please give it a rest Fernando.

    1. TM says:

      Yes I agree. “I’m contaminated by this emotion” sounds horrible doesn’t it?

      Also, wasn’t McLaren always his dream team, as it was Senna’s team? Now suddenly it’s Ferrari. I wonder if things go badly there then he’ll be contaminated by his love for Red Bull?!

      A cynic might say this new contamination of love for Ferrari when he was always in love with McLaren is all about getting this emotional team around him instead of Massa. I don’t like Schumacher but he clearly developed a very genuine love of Ferrari over his time there. Alonso’s is more a tactical move I think.

      1. mohamed says:

        hoppalong loves hopping so he is always in the best team.

      2. mvi says:

        It’s the translation! Italian to English can be hilarious (especially with Google translate)

        Try: caught up in the excitement; or infected by the enthusiasm; or, charged by the atmosphere, etc.

        I think Alonso is a great fit with Ferrari!

      3. TM says:

        Alonso is certainly a great fit for Ferrari.
        I’ll say no more.

      4. Ryan says:

        Ever stopped to consider that not everyone’s first language is English and that things can get lost in translation?

        And yes, I agree, he should bash Ferrari instead, as clearly that is the appropriate thing to do. Damned if you do and damned if you don’t…

      5. TM says:

        Chill out Ryan

        ‘Contaminated’ might not have been the word he’d have selected if English was his first language, but the whole sentiment of the interview is pretty clear; he’s saying how emotional he is to be at Ferrari. My point was that he was also highly emotional to be at McLaren as it was Senna’s team. He said that as he was growing up he never dreamt of going to Ferrari, he dreamt of being in ‘Senna’s’ team. His father said he should dream of Ferrari, but he didn’t.

        Why should he bash Ferrari? I don’t really see how I said he should do that. It’s a great team and they’re his employer, (although those points didn’t stop him at McLaren). All I said was that in my opinion (as I said, a ‘cynic’s’ opinion) he is hyping up this emotional attachment to gain an internal advantage, as he saw it work at the same team for Schumacher.

      6. Nick says:

        Agree, it’s all about tactic: Alonso’s movement to Ferrari. Schumacher to Mercedes (as soon as he knew about Alonso->Ferrari).
        Btw: James – what do you think about possibility for Schumacher to stay at Ferrari after Massa’s incident in 2009? I think who should know knew that Schumacher, for sure, could be back in 2010 but they decided to take Alonso instead.

      7. rachel says:

        Alonso knows he’ll never win the hearts of the tifosi, that’s why we are hearing this garbage from him. McLaren was always his “dream team,” he’s nothing but a hypocrite. He already feels threatened by Schumacher’s legacy. Can’t wait to see him leave at the end of the season.

  9. Peter says:

    Also he thinks he’s the best – but I doubt he is so he;s coming up with these manly comments because he’s realised that Vettel and Hamilton stand in his way of winning again.

    1. mvi says:

      Isn’t it a prerequisite for an F1 driver to think he’s the best?

  10. Olivier says:

    You’ve gotta love Alonso for speaking out his mind! This guy is brimming of confidence. Very colourful indeed. It adds a little tanginess to F1!

    Massa & Schumacher will be all fired up by now :) Oh man, I can feel the drama building up: The king of Spain will witness Alonso biting the dust in his very own kingdom. Either by Massa, or Hamilton, or Schumacher. They all got unfinished business, don’t they?

    Oh and by the by, Schumacher left Ferrari because he wanted to be grateful to Mercedes and – most importantly – Big Bear needed him!

    1. iceman_schu says:

      big bear!! hahaha!! man ur funny!

  11. Steven says:

    I like how in every interview he HAS to say that Ferrari are the strongest team, when they clearly arent. Its like he’s still bitter about McLaren and he keeps taking shots at them, yet Ferrari is 19 points behind Maca, and has 2 wins. Oh, and no blown engines!

    Ferrai the strongest? Who are you fooling nando? Give it a rest already.

    1. AmandaG says:

      Why not? Ferrari are the closest to Red Bull in quali. They are also the closest to Red Bull and are on par with Mclaren in on race-pace.

      Mclaren are only where they are due to the fragility of the Red Bull and a couple of mistakes from the Ferrari drivers. I will say though, Mclaren seem to have the best in reliability. Whether that will be enough remains to be seen.

      1. Steven says:

        If McLaren are where they are because of Red Bull fragility, then the same applies to Ferrari. Button won AUS because the upright failure on the Red Bull, and Alonso won Barhain because of the plug failure on the Renault engine in the back of the Red Bull, so thats even.

        McLaren’s 1-2 at China wasnt because of anybody’s failure to finish, only driver mistake. The Mclaren is the strongest package, next to the Red Bull.

        On the only race where conditions didnt change on race day Hamilton finished ahead of the Ferraris(he would still have finish ahead of Alonso without the Ferrari going BOOM!)

        But iregardless, Alonso is getting annoying with the strongest team stuff, he should stop being so bitter and just get on with it.

      2. mvi says:

        I don’t see where you get that Alonso is bitter and where he is taking shots at McLaren. All this season he’s said that McLaren and its drivers are competitive.

        This is the first interview I’ve seen where he has stated Ferrari as the strongest overall. Other times he has said it was hard to know which was the strongest, it could be Red Bull, McLaren or Ferrari, but with Red Bull definitely fastest in qualifying, and Mercedes trailing. He has also said that in-season developments are key and can put any one of the top teams in front.

        Does it trouble you when other drivers like Button/Hamilton or Vettel/Webber say they have a great team or even the best team?

    2. Faisal says:

      We’ve had one normal race so far so cant say who is stronger or not.

      Malaysia : Big guns binned it in qualifying
      Australia : Again changing conditions
      China : Same as Australia

  12. GektorS says:

    Don’t you think F1 is more exciting with drivers like this?

    Give him a chance folks, no matter what he says it will never be good enough for some fans as I see

    1. TM says:

      ha ha you have a point! I don’t like him but F1 would be worse off without him!

      Every pantomime needs a pantomime villain!

      1. rachel says:

        F1 doesn’t need characters like him. F1 will breathe with fairness when he leaves.

      2. G says:

        He’s hardly the only driver to have had… questionable altercations in F1. If F1 should breathe in fairness, they’d have to get rid a lot more drivers than just him. And team bosses too. I’m not meaning to offend or anything, just putting forward my opinion.

  13. marques de portago says:

    his self confidence is one of his strongest points. Kimi had some problems when schumi was around in his debut year. Let’s see how everything unfolds.

  14. P Byrne says:

    I don’t get all this negativity towards Alonso. Massa has failed miserably to match his speed so far and has stymied FA’s progress in two races. No wonder Alonso forced his way by.

    I like Massa but he can be such a baby some times. He seems streched in terms of capacity and seems overly reliant on his engineer. The bromance thing they have going on is quite bizarre…

    1. rachel says:

      Massa has a relationship with his engineer which works for him, as long as it delivers results there is nothing wrong with it. Alonso is the attention seeking cry baby. We all saw that at McLaren

  15. Han says:

    alonso is full of it. first off, ferrari was ALREADY moving MS to the road cars division and out of the f1 consulting role because the primadonna couldn’t handle someone with more clout than him. So fernando, nothing would have been any different. Secondly, MS turned HIS back on ferrari? what a load. they forced him out early for massa and made him leave f1 consulting for alonso’s fragile ego. who turned their back on whom? the two best cars in the field aren’t taking advantage early on and macca and mercedes are 1-2 in the WDC even though they are behind in terms of performance. alonso and his weak engine won’t be winning anything this year. sorry amigo.

    1. Robert Higginbotham says:

      I think it was Raikkonen rather than Massa who Schumacher was pushed aside for.

      1. Han says:

        I thought kimi had a contract in place. If MS stayed, it would have been massa that was moved either to 3rd seat or not renewed. I thought i had read somewhere that while he felt burnt out, MS stepped aside to ensure massa’s seat because of their friendship.

  16. Peter Jones says:

    James,
    I always felt Michaels presence at Ferrari as a consultant unsettled Raikkonen, even from day one. He was tutoring Massa, Luca and everyone at Maranello loved him, he was a legend and was really beyond reproach. I couldn’t understand how Ferrari allowed this to happen given how much they were paying Kimi. What do you think?

  17. Ralf F says:

    I like his comments, like others said, colorful. I even like the controversy he generates! F1 needs more Alonsos and Hamiltons and less corporate robots. Actually most of the drivers on the top teams are nice, this is going to be a year to remember…

    1. Michael C says:

      You are right. I don’t like Fernando much but we don’t want any more PR drivers full of corporate mumbojumbo.

      On a second bite at the cherry so far as Felipe is concerned – he may well have been caught napping on this occasion but – if something like the same situation occurs again – then don’t give way and if Fernando doesn’t back off we will see what we will see Felipe!!

  18. JohnBt says:

    FEAR is the main issue for those who don’t like Alonso. But he brings excitement to F1 FOR SURE! Come Spain we’ll know if Ferrari’s engine problem has been solved, if so Nando will dominate.

  19. CH1UNDA says:

    Four words for Alonso: SHUT UP AND DRIVE

    1. JR says:

      Wow!, so next time he should ask for your permission to be interviewed, right?

      It amazes me how some people will criticize Alonso (or anyone else they don’t like) whatever he says, if you hate him just don’t read the interview…

  20. toNe puNz says:

    I think that Ferrari made the best move when the hired Alanso . I couldnt wait and so far am pleased with his progress. He is by far the best driver there and I get the impression that unlike Massa and KR he is making the team his own wich is a good thing because it gives the team direction , he is a leader and thats exactly what ferrari need , its something that Massa , Kimi and dare I say Domicelli cant offer Ferrari.Sure he comes across as arrogant and as far as him talking up the team I believe its all good for the team as it can only boost moral. All in all I think he has grown , and is doing a great job concidering its his 1st year there and if he wins this years title it wont be by fluke like Kimi did

    1. Paul says:

      what exactly do you mean kimi won the title by fluke you have to look at the season as a whole and not the final day and p.s kimi won the most races in the championship as well

      1. toNe puNz says:

        I pesonally think that because of spygate , it was important that Ferrari win at all costs , I mean could you imagine the outrage if mac won with a car that had been develloped with ferrari dna come on they had to let kimi win for the sake of the sport.

      2. Paul says:

        I think you have your facts wrong on that they didnt let him win he actually won the races and had he not had problem in the first half of the season it would have been very fine and also he was the strongest competitor in the second half of the season scoring the most points.

  21. alex says:

    What a nasty [mod] little man Alonso truly is, everybody is looking forward to seeing Massa dealing out some rough justice very soon.

    He sounds rattled, suffering the realisation that in 2010 he is very likely to be beaten by Button, Hamilton and Vettel. Personally I really hope Massa beats him as well and look forward to hearing how he has suddenly discovered a passionate lifelong attraction to Silver and Blue and sugary Energy Drinks.

    1. Thalasa says:

      When you say “everybody”, don’t count on me. ;)

    2. Horacio says:

      I feel that it is absurd to question Alonso’s quality as a pilot. He is solid, consistent, fast and have the shark instinct that I used to love so much in Ayrton Senna.
      To me, the problem with Alonso is himself as a competitor. He rot the environment in McLaren when a rookie made him look ridiculous, he fed the spaniard press and let it go ahead with a shameful racist-stained campaign against Hamilton, and went back to Renault to plan with Briatore how to benefit from a programmed crash from Piquet.
      As a pilot Alonso already gave us (me) great moments on the track. But to me, for the sport as a whole that little man is a disgrace.

      1. Thalasa says:

        Je, je, so Alonso is now the brains behind the allegedly racist behaviour of a few fans in Barcelona. As we say in Spain: sooner or later someone is going to come up with the idea that Alonso was the bull who killed Manolete*.

        * Obviously a famous bullfighter killed in the arena.

      2. Horacio says:

        No, I am NOT saying that he was “the brain behind” that shameful campaign. No: I am saying that “he let it go ahead”. He NEVER said ONE WORD to stop it and used it to reinforce his position inside McLaren. He tried to benefit from a more than questionable trend, and that (in my opinion, of course) was a shameful behavior.

      3. drums says:

        “he fed the spaniard press and let it go ahead with a shameful racist-stained campaign against Hamilton”

        To say this is to take way too much for granted. Don’t buy all Briton journo stories, my dear. 90% of the time they are more chauvinist than the Spanish ones.

      4. Thalasa says:

        I agree. For what I heard those people in Barcelona who painted their face in black, did so only to make a joke: that even Hamilton’s family were among Alonso’s fans. Then British papers blow everything out of proportion.
        Why should Alonso step into that stupid game?

      5. Alonso says:

        Consistent? Please…. last time I checked he messed up 3 or 4 starts and has been spinning on the track. Felipe is the more consistent one of them, bringing in points.

        It’s weird how this ‘consistency’ is still linked with Alonso as well as his marvellous job as a car developer. He did wonders with Renault, didn’t he?

        A big mouth, bragging and acting like he is the only one on the track and now he has his best friend Flavio in the papers telling how Ferrari needs to make him driver number 1.

        Excuse me for not being impressed with him.

  22. Sam says:

    And here we go !!! He must not forget the fact that he is walking on the path that Schumacher and the dream team created. Schumacher didn’t join Ferrari because they were the strongest team. He joined to turn the team around unlike Alonso who was singing exact same tune about Maclaren 4 years ago.

  23. RickeeBoy says:

    I can understand Alonso not wanting a 7 times World Champ around for ANY reason, but every comment Alonso makes since his arrival at Ferrari seems contrived to make him a part of the fabric of Ferrari – I stress the “contrived” as nothing seems genuine or comes from truthful passion. Whilst I can understand Alonso wanting to become No 1. ( If he hasn’t done this already !! ) I realise that it’s part of what MUST be expected from a top line competitor but I don’t have to believe his self hype or him when he’s shouting how Ferrari’s a wonderful team. ( Hmmmm … they have 6 engines all under control … Yeah Right ! )

  24. Gate 21 says:

    Looks like Alonso brought his 6/10th with him to Ferrari and isn’t sharing them with Massa.

    For Massa to pay Alonso back, first he has to catch him, or maybe he can wait to be lapped.

    1. Lalit says:

      lol… i was praying that nobody mentioned the “6/10th” and I would be the first one to do so… lol… THE “6/10th”

  25. chris green says:

    Alonso needs to tread warily given the highly political atmosphere that always exists at Ferrari. If Massa can gain the upper hand over Alonso in the championship then Alonso will have to be a good team player. After the McLaren debacle I’m not sure whether he has learned that lesson.

  26. Thalasa says:

    If, as some people here suggest, Massa takes Alonso off the track to avoid being overtaken, then that would be the last thing Massa does in Ferrari.
    Massa knows that, and he earns more money in Ferrari than any of the Alonso haters together. That’s why he wont do such stupidity. Keep dreaming.

    Ferrari knows where they put there money, not like Ron Denis.

  27. Tom Weaver says:

    Honestly Alonso must be such a nightmare to have anything to do with, but he sure is the sort of guy that makes F1 worth watching.

    I agree with you James, that move in the pit-lane was the move of a champion. I think it’s an interesting insight into the human psyche as to how far one will go to win.

    It seems to be more than a coincidence that all the world champs on the grid (except Button) have employed incredibly dubious tactics to win on more than one occasion. They all seem to flout the rules, push the boundaries etc. more than any of the other drivers.

    1. Thompson says:

      I disagree with this “move of a champion” statement, beat the man on the track, overtake him, out race him, out qualify him…..

      Crashing into him or forcing him into the gravel in the pit lane etc is not…manly, parking in front of him in the pit box to scupper his chances to get new tire’s for quali, its not …..manly.

      Mansell, now he was manly and he only won one championship – and non of this off track nonesense – Thats how real champions do it, on the track.

      1. drums says:

        Hey, you should rememeber also all those manly maneuvers that Hamilton’s team (it including Anthony and Ron) did to out race Alonso that season. Was not the team boss who stated on the radio that infamous “Louis, we are racing Alonso, don’t forget it!” Just to keep it fairly and balanced.

  28. marques de portago says:

    he is better than massa, but he is not a match to hamilton on equal equipment.

  29. mvi says:

    Regarding the audacious pass Alonso made on Massa entering the pitlane, Massa himself said it was his mistake and that if the roles were reversed, he would have made the same move on Alonso. (Joe Saward reported this on his blog. He had been on the same flight as Massa and other F1 people returning to Europe.)

  30. Mr G says:

    Sorry but I think some of you are getting what Alonsa saying wrong.
    I am Italian and very passionate about motorsport and now I live in the UK.
    For an Italian loving motorsport, Ferrari is a way of life.
    If there is any testing in Fiorano, hundreds of Ferrari fan will go to a bridge near the test track, park their cars and watch the car goin around, I have been there.
    In the days when F1 testing was free, every year before the season, hundreds of people will stand on the bridge to listen to the new F1 car, then they will go to the local bar and spend days discussing about if the car is competitive and what will the season bring.
    Now Alonso is a Spanish and understand what Ferrari means to the people of Maranello, Modena and the surrounding area.
    It is a cult over there and I think James knows all about this.
    So we shouldn’t judge comments made by Alonso without the knowledge of what the reality is and believe me Maranello is something else if you are talking about F1.

  31. mike says:

    Mr G is right, Alonso will connect with the italians with his ability to speak the lingo and the fact that he understands the culture of Ferrari. I lived in Italy for 6 yrs. Schumacher did not even speak the language. He was popular because he won. However this brings up the point that all seem to avoid but will go along way to solving all the debates we have. Drivers in equal equipment. We better get used to the fact that its a utopia. The car to driver ratio is probably 70/30 in favour of the equipment. We all evoke arguments on the premise that it 70/30 in favour of the driver. Thats just wrong Schu would be nothing without ferrari engineers and the team he had (todt brawn de montezemolo)its the same reason why alonso has been nowhere for 2 years- a crap renault, and the same reason why schu is dying out there-a crap mercedes. alonso is stoked now because he has a decent car and schu blew the play by thinking he could roll out the same with mercedes. Schu needs to understand that it was not ALL him at ferrari. He was great but he had good help. Alonso will just do the same thing now all over again but he has a poorer mgmt team to work with …

    1. rachel says:

      The reason why Schumacher is loved is because he won Ferrari a drivers title after 21 years of hurt. Now why on earth would they want a man who used stolen Ferrari data with their mostly deadly rivals. If Ferrari can hire Alonso, then Nigel Stephney should be welcomed back to Maranello, no? Otherwise its all hypocrisy, isn’t it. Ferrari are in a stronger position then they ever were back in 96. The management are the direct undestudies of the “dream” team so I don’t see how they are weaker. If Alonso loses the title this season, then he’s nothing but a failure.

  32. VicWeir says:

    I hope to see more of these types of moves from Fernando Alonso as he tries to move himself to the third drivers world chamionship that many of us feel he richly deserves.
    He strikes me as one of the most inventive and self expressive drivers on the track and a joy to watch when he’s on song: the exuberant, arcing overtaking of Schumacher in Japan, plonking two wheels on the grass to overtake Webber in 2006 (I think) which I believe, James, you greeted with a shout of “I’ve never seen anything like it in my life!”. The inexorable advance on Massa in Germany in 2007 followed by the famously knuckle- whitening pass in the final laps (which in turn led to the famous row in front of the cameras between the two), the swerve of frustration towards the pit bench Mclaren team in Canada in the same year, even the infamous sitting in front of Hamilton, supposedly arguing with his engineer over tyres in Hungary, as payback for Hamilton’s refusal to obey team orders, has its funny side and is,in its way, ingenious.
    There has also been the celebratory dancing on the car (deemed ‘undignified’ by Bernie), the original singing of “We are the champions”, the thumping of his Renault car with his fists when, again, it failed him (2004) and the little pat of farewell he gave a similarly unco-operative Renault at the end of 2009.
    Just as an antidote to some of the very unpleasant stuff written above (e.g.’parasite” ???) I will happily raise a glass to the future success of one of the most entertaining, original and talented drivers on the track today and hope to see a lot more of his inspired driving in a worthy car for a change.
    If that means being disobliging to Massa, or anyone else who appears to have forgotten momentarily that they’re in a race, (we Brits are only too happy to appaud it in Hamilton) then so be it!

    1. JR says:

      VicWeir, I will happily raise my glass too, well said! Cheers!!

    2. mvi says:

      And I will join you in raising that glass! Very well put.

      1. rachel says:

        He’s not a gentleman racer, just a thug.

  33. Joe says:

    How about Vettel’s payback to Hamilton?

    Hamilton did the exact pitlane pass on Vettel that Alonso did to Massa. However, I do not see any concerns for Vettel’s “revenge”.

    Is Vettel going to show Hamilton who is boss? Is he going to crash against Hamilton to prevent a pass? I doubt it and I also doubt Massa will do something that stupid as well.

    1. Lalit says:

      I think he got his revenge when he squeezed Hamilton while exiting the pitlane.. he almost had to park in the sauber garage :P

      i couldn’t stop shouting and jumping with joy ……

  34. RON says:

    Massa has been given the green light by Alonso, to push him off the track, if tries anything like that again…

    Massa will get Alonso – revenge will be a high priority…

    An intelligent driver would have calmed the situation, instead Alonso, has told his teammate, I will cheat again… so do what you can to stop me…

  35. adi says:

    Some of you cry for ‘good old fashioned racing’ but it seems as along as it isnt alonso whos doing it.

    Hamilton: Tough, ruthless, selfish = Racer
    Alonso: Tough, ruthless, selfish = Cheat

    I would rather listen to Alonso say it like it is than listen to Schumacher bare face lie during his many interviews were he was handed victory or pushed rivals off track. MS was given many presents like in 00, 01 02 03 when montoya was getting drive thru’s just for being close to him. The many mid season rule changes like 03 when tyre rule was changed with 3 races to go and 06 with mass damper. Even this year with his childish number request, chassis change etc..He was still one of the best but would have been on the same pedestal with senna and prost if he ‘won’ 3 wdc and wasnt given the other 4. Villeneuve said when michael retired that he will never be spoken of like the other greats and people laughed but i think he was right. But thats just me, whatever you can stomach i suppose.

    1. rachel says:

      Alonso will never be remembered as a “great” champion, just a cheating, whining baby. He’ll end his career in disgrace.

  36. Tifozi says:

    Alonso will be hit by nemesis soon enough. His arrogance will finally destroy him

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