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Posted By: James Allen  |  22 May 2014   |  12:19 pm GMT  |  231 comments

Fernando Alonso said yesterday in Monaco, in response to glowing praise from Daimler boss Dr Zetsche, that it would be nice if some of the people closer to him would voice such kind words from time to time.

The Italian media took this as a jibe at Ferrari president Luca Montezemolo, whose ‘ear tweak’ rebuke last summer – when Alonso said he’d like “another car” as a birthday present, having earlier engaged in conversation with Red Bull – still stings the Spaniard, apparently.

Today, at a road car event in Maranello, Montezemolo heaped praise on his lead driver, with quotes that were reproduced quickly on the official Ferrari website.

“Fernando is the best driver in the world, who always gives 200 per cent in the races,” he said. “He knows how much I count on him, even away from the race track, in terms of his contribution and the impetus he gives to the team.

“I think it’s incredible that there are still some so-called experts who don’t understand that and are always looking for a polemical situation that simply doesn’t exist.

“The truth is that he and Kimi, another incredible driver, need a competitive Ferrari and giving them that is our sole objective.”

Earlier in the week, Dieter Zetsche, the chairman of Daimler, parent company of Mercedes, said, “Alonso is perhaps the best driver on the grid, demonstrating it even in a slightly less competitive car.”


Zetsche (below left) was got a close-up look Alonso’s abilities in the tumultuous 2007 season when the Spaniard raced a Mercedes-powered McLaren, narrowly missing out on the world championship to Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. It is the only time in Alonso’s F1 career that he has worked with Mercedes.


At the same time, Ron Dennis has again reiterated that he holds no grudge against Alonso for the rancorous end to their relationship in 2007 and that he would welcome him back. But he acknowledged in an interview in the Italian press today that McLaren need a competitive package to attract drivers of Alonso’s calibre.

“With the 2015 Honda car we hope to have just that,” he said.

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  1. Michael Spitale says:

    This is all so silly. He really needs everyone to tell him he is the best? I can’t think of any other sport where someone needs praise heaped 24/7. It is what it is, he is very good his car is not. The two do not always go together.

    1. Phil Glass says:

      People who need constant reassurance are not confident within themselves, or they are devious manipulators

      2 other things stand out

      - Mr Zeitsche probably knows less than most of the commenters here about F1. He is repeating something he heard somewhere

      - Luc Di M is beginning to look weak. Not good for a team leader….

      1. Mhilgtx says:

        Mr. Z is pretty smart here. He gets to tweak Alonso and Ferrari and then gets LDM to insult Kimi all at the same time.

        LDM might have been something at sometime but all I see is guy in over his head.

      2. Carl Craven says:

        Are you suggesting the Alonso went out and solicited this praise?

    2. cartweel says:

      If you look at the genius of the basketball coach Phil Jackson you will see that ego management is perhaps the most important thing when dealing with super-elite athletes. Alonso’s mega ego is one of the bigger ones, but I’d suspect not the biggest in pro sports.

      1. Rockman says:

        The biggest ego in pro sport is non other than Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather.

        But he backs it up in the ring…

      2. Peter Freeman says:

        Not bigger than LM me thinks.

    3. jmv says:

      Alonso is a Leo. That tells you all :-)

      Fierce but from time to time in need of flattering (and certainly not interested in criticism)

    4. deancassady says:

      Over and over, ‘the complete package’, blah, blah, blah…

      I’ve been workiong on a thought that Alonso is indeed, NOT the complete package.

      Admittedly, he is a great driver, and a great racer, and has the best personal PR Corporation on the grid.

      However, it seems he lacks the top flight development capability of past greats and current competing past WDC, except Button, with whom he seems on par.

      How could the complete package, at the RED team (i.e. resources), fail to create a top-level car in five years?!?

      For ‘the complete package’ there just is no valid excuse.

      As it seems to have turned out, he did not have the team mate at Ferrari, to accomplish that; but his current team mate, were it unhindered by the required continual stroking of the ego of the other side of the garage, has proven capability.

      … just thinking (while any of us are still permitted).

      1. Hames Junt says:

        It took the best ever five years to succeed at Ferrari – we should grant Alonso at least the same time and see if he can deliver.

      2. deancassady says:

        I don’t know when ‘the best ever’ could have fitted that in between drives at Toleman, Lotus, McLaren, and Williams.

        I don’t think he ever drove for Ferrari.

        You are mistaken.

      3. baker says:

        The best ever never drove for ferrari

      4. Truth says:

        Senna best ever, don’t be so naive, great yes, best ever no. Prost was better and was also not the best ever. I loved Senna but don’t wear the same rose tinted specs as others here.

      5. HP says:

        true, i have been saying that ever since Brundle (i think) tossed the term ‘complete package’.

        Ferrari were no match to redbull past few years but weren’t too bad either. Alonso keeps saying his Ferrari is inferior and he gets a good result, so media says hes the best there is.

      6. Carlos says:

        If drivers had any role in car development, it was back when testing was allowed.

    5. Michael says:

      This is ridiculous. Is Alonso really this insecure? Everyone knows the car sucks! I want to know where he’s going to go if he leaves Ferrari? I don’t see any top teams with vacant seats next year.

    6. Krischar says:

      @ Michael Spitale

      What his silly ? Did Alonso ever approached Dr zetsche and asked him to applaud his talents / abilities? NO

      Or Does Dr Zetsche owe anything to Alonso or does he really have the need to praise Alonso? No

      I believe it was a candid opinion of Dr Zetsche about Alonso. He must have seen something special in Alonso and as a result he confessed Alonso as the Bravura in the grid and rightly so.

      I say well said Dr Zetsche

      1. Truth says:

        He was with the king of Spain, it’s called diplomacy, not a candid opinion, more sucking up. Lucky in 06 Best in 05 maybe but not now.

      2. Elie says:

        There was someone much much better in 2005, who won 7 GP’s and lost 3 races in the lead due to mech failure.. Easily the fastest the man on earth & several ex racers & veterans said so!- & it was not Alonso

  2. 6 Wheeled Tyrrell says:

    And so the silly season begins!

  3. Pkara says:

    Alonso is definitely looking for another team to drive for.
    If Ferrari do not get the right car development leader ( who now says hes staying at Red Bull), then Alonso is saying farewell to a stagnating mediocre Ferrari Team. Ear tweeking is the least of Montys worries as it
    doesn’t matter how the new site at Ferrari is coming along.
    Alsonso wants victories in the ‘Here & Now’. So he will be at Mclaren Honda Team & Button will probably in a Sauber or a Force India if Hulk goes elsewhere. Or in Rally Cross As somebody stated in a previous forum topic.
    Be glad to see Alonso in a Macca :-)

    1. Michael says:

      @ Pkara I don’t know if you’ve noticed but Mclaren is not a top team right now. He might as well just stay with Ferrari.

      1. Frique says:

        Isn’t that what everyone said about Mercedes when there was talk of Lewis leaving McLaren?

      2. Michael says:

        Not me. I wanted him to leave. Mclaren has been in a slow decline for awhile now.

    2. matt says:

      You never know, might end up seeing Alonso driving for Mercedes if Red Bull decide to make next year’s championship competitive.

  4. Jock Ulah says:

    If only Luca could stop prancing, get off his high horse and do a Mercedes engine deal for 2015.

    1. BogRacer says:

      Huh?

      1. Pkara says:

        Ditto on the Huh !!
        :-D

    2. aveli says:

      oooooh! that’s an idea. in that case mercedes should be allowed to have a team; only supply engines in order to eliminate bias.

    3. Hansb says:

      They would rather quit F1 on a low but never ever put a Merc engine in the back of that Ferrari. Even if it would be an exclusive engine deal only for Ferrari.

    4. Random 79 says:

      He’s probably already done that and now he spends his nights scraping “Mercedes” off the engines with a permanent marker on standby ready to write “Ferrari” ;)

      1. Jock Ulah says:

        Which would indicate that their wind tunnel is still filled with too much hot air, considering their current performance.

      2. Random 79 says:

        Lol I’m now just trying to imagine what readings would come back if you stuck LDM in a wind tunnel :)

      3. Mhilgtx says:

        Random79 you add more and more enjoyment to my F1 day. Bravo!

    5. Mhilgtx says:

      That is his only chance isn’t it.

      While your sarcasm was lost on some the truth is he needs to be hiring away Merc people damn the cost. Then find a designer. That’s how he gets a Merc deal done.

  5. Sanky says:

    He is for sure a great driver but how can he be the best..he is not even the fastest driver on a single lap plus he looks to be very political. The whole complete driver thing is an overblown theory. Each time Fernando only gives statements to undermine the car and highlight his ‘superhuman’ efforts …I agree with Stefano..Had Schumi been in Ferrari after 2006, he would have won atleast 2-3 more titles.. I dnt remember Schumi criticizing the team and car after every race

    1. Yago says:

      Were has Stefano said that? Source please… (from an interview, not tweets).

      1. justafan says:

        He said if Schumi had been at Ferrari between 2008 and 2013 he would have had at least one title by now.

      2. Yago says:

        Indeed that’s a good source…

      3. Yago says:

        I don’t think Domenicalli has said that. However, I partly agree. He would have had 1 title, the 2008 WDC.

    2. Random 79 says:

      The same way Schumacher would have won two or three more titles at Mercedes?

      Schumacher is a legend, but I don’t think even he could have done better than Alonso did in 2012.

      A great driver can do so much, but a bad car is still a bad car.

      1. Dutch johhny says:

        Really? try 1997 and 1998… that ferrari in 2012 was never more then 1 seconds off the pace,except the first 3-4 races maybe, and in race trim it wasnt that bad. Here comes alonso brilliant political skills to the surface. Always saying he has a crap car and then when he finshes 5th its all look at me.. Even massa scored a second place in that ferrari.. and out qualifyed alonso in the end. If you look at schumi and hakkinnen in japan 2000 when it was bussiness, they destroyed their teammates. Alonso needed massa to play reargunner in brazil…

        And having a dig at schumacher and his mercedes years. Yes 2010 wasnt great but what can you expect after a four seasons hiatus and being in his forty’s. In 2011 his qualifying was still weak but his race pace was sublime. In 2012 he matched nico in qualifying and without a really unacceptable reliability and an driver error he would have outscored nico quite handsomely.

        Not to bad at age 43 i think.. i would love too see any of the other drivers to get pole in monaco at that age!

      2. Random 79 says:

        Wasn’t a dig a Schumacher, just the opposite.

        His comeback wasn’t what he hoped it would be, but that’s not a reflection on him – the car isn’t wasn’t what he hoped it would be either.

        Given a better car I’m sure he would have challenged for the title in at least one of those years and if he was still driving this year I’m certain he’d be right where Hamilton and Rosberg are now.

      3. Random 79 says:

        No worries Dutch :)

      4. F1interested says:

        Aged 43, Schumacher was still faster than any other driver around Monaco.

      5. Dutch johnny says:

        @random sorry mate misread it. Lets hope for a great race weekend. That is the most important.

    3. HP says:

      exactly what i said in a reply to other comment, he keeps saying his ferrari isnt good and then get good results, and everyone says hes the best driver on the grid etc.

  6. MJSib says:

    I think it’s about time Alonso left Ferrari. They have never given him the best car in his 5 years and there are no signs this will change anytime soon. What all F1 fans have been calling out for is to see Alonso, Hamilton and Vettel in equal machinery and let them race. Let’s hope wherever Fernando goes to next year gives him such a car!

    1. justafan says:

      Fred have contract 2015.

    2. Steve Zodiac says:

      If Ferrari want to win again the solution is simple, move the whole team to England! You can name all the successful teams, outside England, on the fingers of one hook hand!

    3. Michael Spitale says:

      There is no such thing as “equal machinery” he had it once with a rookie named Hamilton and was not able to best him. I think the myth of Alonso is largely scripted by Alonso himself with the help of the media. He is no doubt great, but so are many others who do not have to have their tummies rubbed so much.

      1. HP says:

        yep the media has made alonso some kind of an f1 king, always praising and never criticizing.

    4. HP says:

      Hamilton beat him in the same machinery in 2007.

      1. MrE says:

        ‘BEAT’ would tend to indicate won by a significant margin, however they ended on the same points so that to me isn’t ‘BEAT’….

  7. AlexD says:

    My opinion is nothing more….but just that…an opinion. I respect all other fans that support other drivers and they have every reason to do so.

    I wanted to say that for me Alonso is indeed the best driver on the grid today. I will not go into proving this with an algorithm. No need to take me back to 2007 and assume that he was not better than Hamilton. Years 2012 was something that I will not forget and Alonso was absolutely above everybody.

    But it all doesn’t matter. He needs to win. So what to do? I do not think Ferrari will give him the car by the time he is still capable of driving. Ferrari is in crisis and it will take years to solve if done properly. Alonso will not be in F1 by then. McLaren is risky and I would not do it.

    I think he should do everything possible and try to join Mercedes. It would mean that somebody in Mercedes will need to make an extremely brave decision that many will not understand and allow Alonso and Hamilton to race against each other. It will not be easy to ask Nico to leave and join another team.

    I think Merc is the only chance for Alonso to win the title and he should make everything possible to be there in 2015. Forget Ferrari.

    1. Yago says:

      Opinions are opinions, and have to be respected. However, there is people who are closer to reality than others. If last year we had bet with the other people in this site on who would end on top between Alonso and Kimi, or even just if it was going to be close or not, some people here like you and me would have won a lot of money.

      Even James Allen said it was going to be close, and I probably seemed mad by contradicting his superior knowledge in a replay. And even now a lot of people would probably say that the difference at the end of the year is going to be less than, let’s say, 25 points. I would happily take the bet.

      Fact is some people’s opinions on the drivers are right, and other’s not so much. This is usually influenced by personal emotions. Regarding what concerns Alonso, it is clear some people’s opinions in this site (the minority) are closer to the reality than other’s.

      And for whoever who want’s to refute this post, don’t say words, put a bet on the table ALO vs RAI. It does not have to be money of course, just a post of recognition and apologize at the end of the season.

      1. justafan says:

        It’s not over yet, everything is still possible.

      2. Yago says:

        Do you take the bet? ;)

      3. Random 79 says:

        How did a comment about the possibility of Alonso going to Mercedes alongside Hamilton turn into a bet about Alonso versus Raikkonen?

      4. Yago says:

        Hahaha touche

    2. justafan says:

      He lost out to a rookie. He would lose out even more to an experienced hammy.

      1. f1_fan says:

        well without a team how can anyone win? team is supporting other driver and was given unfair advantage, even after all that he equaled points proving hes better.

      2. F1interested says:

        The thing is Alonso is to blame that the team turned against him. What would you expect your boss to do if you blackmail him?

      3. cheesypoof says:

        He lost out to a rookie? He tied in a team he hated and left, compared to a boy grown in a team and backed by the team. You should read your own name and think before posting, you sound like a halfwit. Hamilton hasn’t done anything since 2008 when he lucked into the title over Massa on the last corner. In 2010 he had a faster car than the Ferrari and wasn’t even in the title fight at the end. Then Hamilton lost to Button. How come your genius never quotes that fact? Is it beyond your comprehension? Thanks for teaching absolutely no one anything.

    3. Michael says:

      Sorry, AlexD but Mercedes don’t want or need him. So says Toto wolff and Nicki Lauda.

      1. F1interested says:

        Niki. From Nikolaus.

    4. HP says:

      what makes u think mercedes want him?

  8. Breton says:

    Alonso is a great driver.

    But I love the way that it is overlooked that he was beaten by a rookie at Mclaren that year.

    If you rate Alonso you have to rate Hamilton.

    The only team mate that Alonso has not destroyed.

    I find it strange that in the above article it is not mentioned that he finished second to Hamilton on count back, if Alonso was unlucky to lose the WDC how unlucky was Hamilton?

    Shredding tyre at China cost him the WDC.

    1. H.Guderian (ALO fan) says:

      - Ham had the whole team behind him.

      - Ron said “We are basically racing Fernando” (not Kimi).

      - Alo was fighting Ham on Q3 with tyre pressures way below specs (hence, FIA stewards beside his car in Brazil).

      - Ham copied Alo setups the hole season.

      And after all of this, Ham managed to end up tied in points or beaten as you said.

      Keep dreaming, mate. Keep dreaming.

      1. Breton says:

        Keep making up the excuses.

        Facts are facts, he couldn’t beat a rookie!

      2. H.Guderian (ALO fan) says:

        Hahaha!!!! Very funny.

        Exactly, Breton… exactly.

        Facts ARE facts!!!

      3. cheesypoof says:

        Button beat Hamilton too. In fact in the last few years Hamilton has a more competitive car than Alonso and been nowhere in any title showdown. Year in year out in paddock polls from bosses no one has mentioned Hamilton, because he has been nowhere. Now because he has the fastest car and literally no excuse, it permits fools to bark about facts? What about the facts from 2009 till 2013?

      4. Breton says:

        2012 Hamilton had 3 dnf’s when leading GP’s which would have put him right in the mix.

        The facts are that Hamilton has a better record in non championship winning cars than Schmacher and has more poles than button at Mclaren ( button 1 hamilton 8).

        Hamilton is above Alonso on most statistics.

      5. Breton says:

        Win Ratio Ham 11th
        Alo 15th

        Pts per GP Ham 10th
        Alo 11th

        Pole av Ham 4.16 7th
        Alo 9.77 28th

        Incidently Hamilton now up to 6th above Moss

      6. Krischar says:

        @ Breton

        he couldn’t beat a rookie!? Ok what lewis have achieved since 2007, He lucked into winning 2008 WDC and later he simply Faltered even button beat him in 2011. Above all later lewis himself confessed he see Alonso as the benchmark in the grid and not the so called 4X WDC seb vettel. 2007 is long gone. People who despise alonso always bring 2007 as a example to demean the legacy of Alonso. Yet this will not work anymore.

      7. justafan says:

        You mentioned hammy copied freds setups the hole season, meaning hammy went faster on freds setups than fred himself.

      8. Mike from Colombia says:

        A collection of old chesnuts.

        Would prefer them roasted and in a paper bag next time.

      9. Hansb says:

        People pointing at Hamilton’s Rookie year forget about limitless tests were allowed back then.
        The second half of that season, Alonso scored way more points than Hamilton which should be the opposite around in case of the Rookie disadvantage.
        Why would Dennis want Alonso back if he is ‘even slower than a Rookie’ ?

      10. Dutch johhny says:

        A good number 2?

      11. Hansb says:

        At the expense óf Button or Magnussen ? Maybe a role as testdriver….

      12. David says:

        Interesting and original. But what do you make of Alonso saying Hamilton was the only driver on the grid capable of winning in an inferior car?

        Seems your idol is off-message with the fan club.

        Also: Hamilton was actually trouncing ALonso in 2007 *before* all the trouble really started within McLaren. I’d argue that in fact the in-fighting disfavoured Hamilton, leading to a poor decision by him and the team in China (where Dennis’s ‘fighting Alonso’ mentality probably led to the decision for Hamilton not to pit and preserve some points) and the tension of the final race.

    2. John in SD says:

      Wasn’t it a draw in 2007? 111 points each and 4 race wins each.

      1. justafan says:

        they would have been champs with 111 points, at least one of them.

      2. BoogWar says:

        Hamilton had more podium finishes. So yes. Alonso was beaten on count back. Rules are rules. Alonso finished third in the championship that year. THIRD. There wasn’t a tie for second. He was beaten by a ROOKIE. Deal with it.

    3. Yago says:

      People who acknowledge Alonso’s skills, like me, also acknowledge Hamilton’s. 2007 is not overlooked, however it has to be put in context.

  9. Bill Nuttall says:

    Er, so Lewis’ boss says “Alonso is perhaps the best driver on the grid”. I’m not quite sure what he’s trying to achieve there!

    1. keke says:

      Mind games….

      1. cartweel says:

        Yup- basically telling Nico and Lewis that they should remember their places. It would seem silly to even mentioning changing the Merc lineup, but as we saw in 2007, things can go south quickly.

    2. Ayden26 says:

      Apparently he was speaking to the King of Spain at the time, or at least that’s what was said on BBC Sport, so he was trying to sweeten him up a bit. However I can’t imagine the King storming out and setting the armada on Mercedes if he claimed Hamilton was better, so the whole thing was rather unnecessary.

    3. Carbonated says:

      No mind games – he is just stating a fact. There are other ways to keep one’s drivers in line other than to make such statements to the media. Toto Wolff called FA a “monster in races.”
      To me, it must be humiliating to LH and NR.

  10. Joe S says:

    I wonder if Mercedes may try to replace Rosberg with Alonso in the next two years.

    It’s fine this year because Mercedes have such a gap that the Constructor’s should be easily won but next season things shouldn’t be as easy for them. Add to that, that Rosberg hasn’t been doing an excellent job so far this year and Ferrari being unlikely to deliver a championship-worthy car all season.

    Maybe Mercedes have half an eye on Alonso. But then you’d expect McLaren to be back to challenging with Honda, for their sake anyway. Whoever it is to, Alonso needs to make one last team move in his career and it looks like being between Mercedes and McLaren.

    1. AxelC says:

      Why they would do that? They have Hamilton en Rosberg brings a lot of points, doesn’t get into conflicts and he should be cheaper, they don’t need Alonso.

    2. Thompson says:

      Wait, have you NOT been following this season to date. Minus Hamilton, Rosberg would have won every race by a huge margin and be totally dominating the sport right now.

      He is up against probably one of the most gifted drivers to set foot in an F1 car who is on it right now.

      Rosberg has grown and is not the driver of a few years ago saying that neither is Alonso.

    3. Random 79 says:

      There’s also Haas ;)

  11. F Zero says:

    It’s been rather painful to watch one of the best drivers of the last decade be continually hampered by under performing Ferraris.

    Is there some jostling going on to attract Nando to another team? I doubt it could happen in a way that would give him another WDC.

  12. Kyle says:

    He is going to have to make up his mind. He’s running out of time. Newey is not going in the short term. Merc is not a flash in the pan. I can really see Teflon in a Merc, then back with the red cars when the brain of newey is prepared to go. That’s what I would do. But hey, what do I know?

  13. Will says:

    The final statement and the preceeding paragraph says everything. When the driver market opens up I’d imagine he’ll be weighing up a potential move, particularly when you remember that Dennis won’t be in charge of the day to day running of the team, so less chance of a repeat of the 2007 issues.

    I’d love to see Alonso in a Mclaren/Honda turbo, providing they can produce a competitive package. It’s been mentioned a few times on this site and other notable columns before, let’s hope it happens.

  14. HP says:

    I wonder how Kimi feels?

    1. PP says:

      I doubt he gives a damn

    2. Phil Glass says:

      Kimi will not give a rat’s a**e what is said about Alonso,

      but I do think he would prefer that the President of Ferrari did not run scared of a driver in his employee …. esp a driver who brought the team zero in 5 years.

      1. H.Guderian (ALO fan) says:

        Yes, he brought nothing to the team in five years but he wasn’t fired like Kimi was.

        And it’s funny how people like Zetsche, Toto, Ron , etc keep talking about Alonso and no one says a f*** word about the GREAT Kimi, the true racer, the ice man.

        I wonder why…

      2. Krischar says:

        @ H Guderian (ALO fan)

        Good to hear from you mate.

        Yes little off here and there

        Always nice to hear from H Guderian (ALO fan)

      3. H.Guderian (ALO fan) says:

        @Krischar
        Good to see you back!!!

      4. Krischar says:

        @ Phil glass

        Kimi who is he? The one who was humbled by massa and ousted by Ferrari have just returned to Ferrari for the sake of amplified income / dollars? Yes

      5. H.Guderian (ALO fan) says:

        Where were you, Krischar???

        8-)

    3. Yago says:

      Track results are a lot more painful than the words, believe me…

      1. Random 79 says:

        Not when there’s a nice little “bonus” for leaving early ;)

        Kimi fans, I’m not saying that *will* happen and I hope it doesn’t happen, but then again it wouldn’t be the first time.

  15. Tommy G says:

    Its more worrying for Lewis than for Ferrari when “the best driver on the grid” is sought by the best car on the grid.

    1. Ayden26 says:

      Probably more worrying for Nico I would imagine, at least on recent results anyway.

  16. Olivier says:

    Yes, he is by far the best all round racer. The only problem is that he seems to be stuck to “only” two Championships.

    What options does he have?:

    1. Swap places with Vettel at Red Bull? Newey has made it clear he wants to stay for the foreseeable future at Red Bull.

    2. Swap places with Nico Rosberg at Mercedes? This will be Alonso’s safest bet to a new Driver’s Championship. If he can beat Lewis.

    3. Join McLaren-Honda? Honda could spring a big surprise in 2015 as they would benefit from McLaren’s experience with the Mercedes power unit. Honda also had time to have a close look at Mercedes clever turbo design.

    4. Stay at Ferrari? They owe him a good car after all those lost years. They key here is Ross Brawn …

    If I were Alonso I would go for McLaren. I know, it is the riskiest option. So was Horner’s proposal to join Red Bull in 2008 as well …

    1. H.Guderian (ALO fan) says:

      Vettel is not stupid to leave RBR (a winning team) to join the prancing donkey.

      1. justafan says:

        why not? Schumi also did leave a winning team in the end of 95 and went to ferrari. the rest is history. Believe me, it can be done. But it needs a special driver.

      2. Random 79 says:

        True, but who wouldn’t like to see a crazy frog in a prancing donkey? ;)

    2. Hansb says:

      McLaren at the time is one of the slower cars despite the best PU.
      Beside that, we can expect a lot from Honda but I very much doubt if it will equal the Merc PU of next year or even the Renault. Remember that the current 3 engine suppliers have a one year more data, experience with these PU’s which they will use for next years unit.
      At Mercedes, Hamilton is waiting for him and I don’t expect Vettel or Ricciardo to leave RB.
      For the right amount of money I expect him to stay at Ferrari.

      1. Olivier says:

        Good Point. Me too I am baffled why McLaren is the lesser of the Mercedes powered teams despite having the budget and must have power unit.

        Ferrari with Ross Brawn would be his best bet.

  17. Mike says:

    So then Rosberg out and Alonso in?? Would Mercedes really pair Alonso and Hamilton together after what happened in 2007? Would Alonso want to risk his reputation against a more mature Hamilton? Also would Hamilton want Alonso in the same team again?

    Whatever happens Alonso hasn’t got many years left in him and if he is to win another world championship the next decision he makes on where he drives will be crucial. Whether that is Ferrari, Red Bull, Mercedes or Mclaren Honda. Alonso needs to gaze into a crystal ball to see who will be competitive in a year or two.

    1. justafan says:

      aged 43, schumi was still the fastest driver on the monaco grid. alonso is only 32. 11 years to go until schumis age. a lot of time.

    2. Carbonated says:

      FA will be willing to take the risk of losing to LH as it is still his best chance for another WDC. A lot of posters here are stuck on LH beating FA by a thread (in one season) while he was a rookie failing to mention he never outpointed FA in any season since.
      I wonder how many posters think FA would be second in points to LH (as NR is) at this point in a Mercedes. I think FA would have passed LH with brand new softs unlike NR was able to do a few weeks back. NR is no FA or LH or several others for that matter.
      Let’s hope it happens and then we will see if LH can beat him again. I think most here are LH fans or FA haters and don’t want it to happen for obvious reasons – LH could lose. It would be the best thing for F1 in years – go for it!

      1. KRB says:

        Y’mean since he moved to Ferrari? Alonso is good at racking up the points, but the only thing that matters is the title. 2nd is the first loser.

        I’d like to see HAM-ALO II, but I’d also like to see HAM-VET. I don’t think either is likely to happen anytime soon.

      2. Frique says:

        “he never outpointed FA in any season since” Simple answer mate.

        Lewis Hamilton has never been a number 1 in any team since.

        Lewis has never had a teammate as a rear gunner.

        And finally he has never received the same level of support from a team as Alonso and Vettel has over that period.

        I don’t hate Alonso, but Lewis would be ahead of him just the same as he is ahead of Nico because he would out-qualify him. Most importantly, the scar that Lewis has left Alonso with from 2007 would give him the psychological advantage.

      3. HP says:

        cough *heikki kovalainen* cough

      4. Carbonated says:

        Hamilton tends to implode when under pressure and has made a lot of bonehead mistakes in the past. No one argues he is fast – between the ears is his problem. Maybe he has matured – it will be interesting to see if NR can put enough pressure on him to see how he handles it.

        Unfortunately for LH, having a far superior car and beating a so-so NR won’t win him many accolades nor should it. After all, Vettel has been judged to be “lucky” for having the best car and the only reason why he has 4 WDC’s. Why should it be any different for LH? Granted, SV is getting whipped by DR up until now but the season is young.

        Many jump on the “FA is slow and not good at qualifying” bandwagon. We know Kimi IS good at qualifying and granted he hasn’t gotten the car tuned to his liking yet. But if he doesn’t start outqualifying FA consistently I think it is fair to say FA is faster than the naysayer’s think and has had to deal with a slow car for 5 years which many already know.

  18. Grant H says:

    Silly season starting already then!!

  19. Scott D says:

    Wow. If Alonso can give “200 per cent in the races” then he must be even more special than any of us thought. Although not as special as “Luca speak”…

  20. Andrew M says:

    Only 200%? Not enough praise!

    1. Ozherb says:

      At 200%, Alonso is the only driver that can justify the double-points malarkey awarded in the final round.

  21. Andrew M says:

    Also, it’s worth mentioning that Zetsche’s comments came on a factory visit in Spain with King Juan Carlos present, it’s not like he just said it spontaneously to a room full of journalists.

  22. Gudien says:

    Here we go. Silly season is now in session. We can now expect stories such as;
    1.Kubica to Ferrari
    2.Webber returning to F-1
    3.Kimi un-happy at Ferrari wants to race NASCAR
    4.Vettel to Ferrari
    5.Button to replace Ecclestone
    6.Hulkenburg to everywhere
    7.Alonso manager in meetings with Niki Lauda
    8.Monisha Kaltenborn looking for young talent
    9.Quick Nick Heidfeld seat fitting at Lotus
    10.Eddie Jordan has a scoop……..
    11.Lewis is unhappy with treatment at Merc
    12.Ron Dennis signs himself to drive in 2015

    1. John Wainwright says:

      Spot on with number 12. I can just see him in his racing suit on Tooned!

  23. Ben says:

    “With the 2015 Honda car we hope to have just that,”

    Does that mean that they think the problem with this years car is the Mercedes engine? Seriously?!

    1. H.Guderian (ALO fan) says:

      +1.000

  24. kenneth chapman says:

    It would appear that should alonso up and leave ferrari it would just be another nail in the coffin and one ferrari would not relish,

    yes, they would still have raikonnen but he is past his prime and i very much doubt that he will be WDC candidate in the future.

    where would that leave them? the choices are not that good at all. interesting to note that horner et al have been quite vocal about signing ricciardo for 2015 so that would take him out of the market. where are the new and upcoming hot shoes that could be potential ferrari candidates? thin on the ground i think.

    1. Ahmed says:

      Brace yourself, kimi fans will be launching a full scale attack on u

    2. Random 79 says:

      I would worry too much kenneth.

      History has shown that ice-cream catapults are relatively easy to defend against :)

  25. Gabe says:

    Sure he’s quick, but he’s also on the back side of his career and poisons the environment of every team he’s been with. Zetsche was in Spain with the king — what else could he say about Alonso? Mercedes doesn’t need him.

  26. David says:

    sounds like RD has thrown in the towel for this year.

  27. deancassady says:

    I can’t take seriously, anybody who says, “gives a 110%”, or, as in this case, “…who always gives 200 per cent …”.

    Certainly Alonso is good, but if he is the best, I’m confident that he could be got, RIGHT NOW to drive for Mercedes…
    wait a minute…
    waiting…

    No, Mercedes have not signed Alonso; he won’t be driving for Mercedes this weekend, nor likely this season.

    This is corporate head games, to undermine a competitor.

    Perhaps Mercedes is thinking of the longer picture, when the playing field is more level ,and they have to actually compete against an Alonso-Ferrari package.

    The Mercedes success this year is all about the international branding company, this one ostensibly making automobiles instead of stimulant sweet fizzy drinks, spending more than everybody else, and cheating to the max of what can be got away with (a tradition, it must be said, in Formula One), having the fastest package.

    Cynical.

    1. Random 79 says:

      So it’s not just me then.

      100% is 100% percent. It’s the maximum, so if someone is giving 100% percent then they are giving their maximum.

      Otherwise if you say someone is giving 200% then you’re really saying that someone that is giving 100% is doing it half-baked, which is just silly.

      Besides, if another driver beats Alonso does that mean that they were giving it 300%, maybe even 400%?

      How about we just say Alonso is doing the best job he can giving the rubbish he has to work with and leave it at that?

      Sorry, I got a little side-tracked there. I do think you’re right about Alonso not going to Mercedes, but on the bright side I do vaguely remember him saying that he wanted to finish his F1 career at Ferrari :)

      1. HP says:

        when alonso joined mclaren in 2007, he said “he always wanted to drive for mclaren and would finish his career there.” and he said the same thing when he joined ferrari :-P

      2. Random 79 says:

        Okay…I didn’t know about the McLaren quote so it kinds of puts the Ferrari into a different context :)

  28. Rockman says:

    I guess its nothing new really. Most people already acknowledge Fernando as the best driver.

    Note, I didn’t specifically say fastest because he isn’t. But he’s the complete package you’d want in a team. Heck which team principal wouldn’t have Alonso in their team if given the chance? Even Ron is constantly giving hints recently…

    It was just very unfortunate for Fernando that he wen’t to the wrong team. But who could’ve predicted Redbull was going to dominate this much being such a young team?

    I think he stayed this long to see what will happen with the new regs but now Mercedes is annahilating everyone completely.

    I say he should take a punt and pay Ron a visit and see how Mclaren Honda combo is progressing. Although knowing his luck, as soon as he leaves, Ferrari will be world beaters all of a sudden.

    Hard choices coming but he’s not getting younger as well so better go where the promise is at it’s strongest.

    Btw, now that Luca realises his Kimi experiment isn’t working as planned, he’s backtracked from his ear tweaking ways and seems like it’s him now getting his ear tweaked by Alonso.

  29. Kenneth M'Boy says:

    Fernando playing games in the wings, just like Prost in 92 in order to get in the best car at Williams. Nigel and Ayrton were both outplayed by The Professor then.

    With praise like that from Mercedes man, it makes me wonder if the Germans are keeping all options open for their dream team. Maybe they want Lewis to take a pay cut cause Fernando will probably drive for nothing, just like Ayrton offered Williams in 92.

    1. cartweel says:

      Merc already has their dream team. They have dominated this season. Their drivers (for the moment) get a long well. Fernando isn’t a team player and if I were making the call, I wouldn’t imagine bringing in someone who historically has destabilized every team he has been a part of. Alonso needs to be the center of attention- I cannot imagine this working for Merc. He is very fast though!

  30. Chromatic says:

    Difficult to read what is really going on here, as these are the officionados of politics going at each other.

    Could be

    1 irrevocable breakdown in relations and parting before 2015

    2 take at face value, the two are destined to stay forever together unto the bitter end. In this case the constant bleating and demanding of praise and attention is a real weakness not a strength.

    Time for the behavioural psychos and the matrimonial therapists to step in. Or isit too late already??

  31. Paul Evans says:

    “With the 2015 Honda car we hope to have just that,”

    In other words, Ron wants to sign Fernando to McLaren for 2015, or to use it to attract him for 2016???

  32. D Vega says:

    Adios, Nico!

    How many more years of being an ace are in Fernando’s pocket? Three, four?

  33. BoogWar says:

    This tells me that Ron Dennis knew more than he was telling about Stepneygate. I’ve held that man in such high esteem. This sticks in the craw, it really does.

  34. Urko says:

    This is silly. Sometimes they behave like little children))

    1. Random 79 says:

      Only sometimes? ;)

  35. Ben says:

    I will be surprised if Alonso is still with Ferrari next year unless they make some really big changes. They have failed to get Newey with a £20 million + per year offer and I’m not sure what else they can do unless they start prying away some of the big names from Mercedes technical team. Ok James Allison has not been there long enough to really start affecting this year’s car but Alonso’s comments ‘if some of the people closer to him would voice such kind words’ imply he is becoming fed up with team. I’m not a Ferrari or Alonso fan but even I can see his talents deserve a better car. He was seduced by the aura and fantasy of driving for Ferrari but they have failed to deliver. I would be quite interested to know how many times in the past this has happened where drivers have gone to Ferrari hoping to get one more (or even their first) WDC but they have not had the car to do it when they got there… Goferet this is surely up your street!?!

    So the question is if Alonso leaves Ferrari, where would he go? Red Bull is pretty much out of the question. McLaren may be a good punt with more resources, a new engine and some new technical staff but at the moment that looks like a massive risk, they have said they won’t him though. If Williams continue their upward ascent it may be somewhere he can really write his name in to the history books, taking them back to the front and it would be, I believe, a good match but at the moment it would be a side ways step. As much as I like lotus they are obviously struggling badly, leaking personnel and driver’s. So the only other team is Mercedes. At the moment Hamilton is completely dominating Rosberg, how long is he likely to put up with it? Could Alonso destabilise their relationship and cause them to fall out? He is definitely not above mind games and politicking in this way.

    It is too early to realistically make predictions as by the end of the season we do not know what the pecking order will be and how certain things work out. Maybe Ferrari will find the silver bullet that enables their car to challenge Mercedes at the front, maybe but I doubt it!

    1. goferet says:

      @ Ben

      Lol… Off the top of my head, the top drivers that deserved more from Ferrari are

      Prost
      Mansell
      Gilles

      and to an extent… Kimi

      1. justafan says:

        add massa, andretti, berger, alesi, ickx, amon.

    2. Mjsib says:

      The funny thing is, the technical people at Mercedes came from Ferrari. It just shows there is an unknown underlying problem within Ferrari which isn’t allowing the designers or engineers to perform to their full abilities

      1. Ben says:

        You may have a point, they are always under a lot of pressure, like all of the teams but they may have developed a culture of blame where everyone is to scared to take any risks…

    3. HP says:

      how would you know Newey was offered £20 from Ferrari?

      1. HP says:

        £20 million*

      2. Ben says:

        It’s the amount Ferrari are rumoured to have offered him. I read it a couple of places (I think one of them was the BBC)

  36. Scuderia McLaren says:

    “Fernando Alonso said yesterday in Monaco, in response to glowing praise from Daimler boss Dr Zetsche, that it would be nice if some of the people closer to him would voice such kind words from time to time.”

    [mod]. Talk about high maintenance.

    I can imagine the driver association briefings, Charlie says, “Everyone come on now, group hug please, Fonzy needs a hug.”

    1. goggomobil says:

      Beautifuly said.
      Have a nice day Scud Mclaren.

    2. Phil Glass says:

      lol :)

    3. Random 79 says:

      Lol :)

  37. goferet says:

    Maybe am mistaken but from what I recall, Luca has always praised Alonso’s work in public, it’s possible Alonso was referring to some other people when he said it would be nice to get kind words from those close to him.

    Anyway good on Luca for coming out and setting the record straight but this situation at Ferrari just goes to show that everybody loves a winner for when you’re winning, it’s happy days all round but the lack of success always creates tensions as the blame finger gets thrown around.

    Interesting words coming from Ron Dennis that he let bygones be bygones, it’s clear the team are desperate for a world class driver to lift the team by their boot straps.

    P.s.

    Perhaps there’s some truth to the rumours that Alonso wants out of Ferrari if we consider the fact Prost’s last win for the team was the Spanish Grand Prix.

    And wouldn’t it be cool if Alonso went to Williams to replace former teammate Massa just like Prost replaced Mansell at Williams.

    1. Gaz Boy says:

      Will Fernando fall or will he get pushed out of Ferrari?
      Thing is though, it is the cliched Catch 22 for Nando: if he does bail out for next year where will he go? Macca? No chance, not with Ron Dennis back. Red Bull? Sorry, Daniel will certainly be re-signed for next season and Sebastian has an iron contract for 2015.
      Merc? Dunno about the state of Nico Ros’s contract but I find it very unlikely Rosberg Junior and Merc will part company at the end of this season…………having said, who knows the contractual situation with Rosberg junior and Merc F1?

      1. goferet says:

        @ Gaz Boy

        But Ron says Alonso is welcome as he bares no grudges.

        So if Mclaren are competitive towards the end of the season, I can see Alonso bitting the bullet.

        As for world class drivers like Alonso, the decision is always up to them and so can’t be pushed.

        Regards Rosberg Jr, he’s the perfect teammate i.e. Good enough to score strong points and not good enough to destabilize the team.

      2. justafan says:

        ros has contract with mercedes for next year.

      3. KRB says:

        Link please! I’ve seen nothing that says this, and I’ve been looking.

      4. HP says:

        apparently Rosberg has signed a new 2 year contract with mercedes.

  38. Brett says:

    James, if Hamilton continues to beat Rosberg, do you think Rosberg might look to leave Mercedes. I know it sounds crazy to leave the best team on the grid but if he can’t beat Hamilton head to head then his only avenue to the world title would be to change teams and eventually beat Hamilton in a different car that is faster than hamilton’s Mercedes. This would then open a seat at Mercedes for Alonso.

    1. KRB says:

      Would you if you were Nico? He thinks he can beat Lewis … I’m sure he’d feel the same even if he lost this year.

  39. fox says:

    IMHO it is a distinct sign of silly season.

    Most probably Alonso is going to substitute Rosberg in Mercedes. For marketing is is ultimate return of investment money. Hence business-wise the deal is worth doing.

    Second option is flip-flop Alonso-Vettel. Domenicali again teased everybody he planned to sign Vettel. Vettel on the other hand also commented his shock from resignation. Alonso is a man who would help Horner to keep Newey at Red Bull, even if Ferrari break the bank. Without Newey it’s different team and Alonso will not probably go there. Having Mercedes as option.

    Rosberg. Nice guy but not a champion breed/attitude. Show industry needs Alonso, Hamilton, Vettel… and Maldonado. Doesn’t matter, Suzuki or Maldonado, it’s a role, not name.

  40. Michael Spitale says:

    Kimi’s car is always the one that needs worked on… I will admit Alonso has never had the best car in his time at Ferrari, but his car is ALWAYS bullet proof. He has not had 1 DNF because of the car in 5 seasons. That is an amazing stat.

    1. Phil Glass says:

      ALO has the best engineer and pitcrew at top of their game

      Kimi engineer is new to the job and his pitcrew are mostly ex- Massa and find new rules and car difficult …. plus unlucky with mechanical glitches

  41. Monji says:

    I can see Hamilton back to McLaren say in 2016?

  42. Jazzda says:

    Even who don’t like Alonso character must agree he’s the best driver in the grid. And he’s the only one able to give more than 100%…ore even 200% :D

  43. Valentino from montreal says:

    The ” best ” driver in the world who lost out 4 straight years to Vettel ! Just saying ‘ …

    1. Gazza says:

      Don’t recall Alonso being told to move over…..because your team mate is faster than you…..twice……just saying….

      1. justafan says:

        Would Alonso obey such an order?

      2. H.Guderian (ALO fan) says:

        HAHAHA!!!

        I was about to post a reply but saw yours.

        Val, keep hidden as you did for the previuos five races.

    2. cheesypoof says:

      Everyone lost to Vettel in 4 years, its Math, incase you aren’t familiar Val. But Vettel didn’t win all the paddock polls each year so it’s called context. I guess it’s like when Alonso whipped Schumacher in a smaller Renault team 2 years in a row, without a dominant car. Our when Rosberg beat Schumacher again and again. Does context not matter? Now Vettel is getting beaten by his new team mate. How’s that all feel Val? Like the other poster said, stay hidden. .

      1. Dutch johhny says:

        Smaller team? whipped? Maybe you should watch the 2005 and 2006 season again.. If val should hide the he better make room for you so you can hide with him.

      2. cheesypoof says:

        Ya smaller Renault team that was functioning on a fraction of the budget that Ferrari and Mclaren were. Go look it up if you don’t have the memory or brains to remember. Once you look it up and confirm what I said let’s see if you have the decency to admit it. When as smaller team functioning to a fraction of a dominant spender wins, it can’t be considered significant? Congrats on being a sheep.

      3. Valentino from montreal says:

        You mean the same Alonso who won his 1st title against a paper-fragile McLaren and VS a Ferrari with flawed Bridgestones ? A Ferrari that was only good enough to manage 3rd in 2005 WDC standings thanks to Schumacher ?!? Where did Barichello classify in 2005 , in 7th place ??

        Same Alonso who won by luck and only luck in 2006 ? It’s easy besting the other guy when the other guy suffers an engine blow up and a flat tire in the last 2 Grand Prix’s .. The championship was lost in Suzuka , and in MY WORLD Schumacher won his 8 title in China 06 , remember him making a fool out of both Renault drivers in the wet with less grippy Bridgestones tires ? I do : ))

        And who can forget Nando’d little trantrum towards his team after the GP ?

        You continue living in your make belief world , I’ll stay in the one that’s called REALITY ..

      4. cheesypoof says:

        Val, You don’t mention the FIA assisted Ferrari with rule changes midway to slow down Renault? Its nice that you come here and only mention your side of the argument, but don’t pretend to be a fair fan. You feel of favoritism and your facts are little more than fanboy fanaticism.

        You blabber on about Alonso supposedly throwing tantrums yet you bark like a loyal dog that you are over Schumacher, a man who is a certified cheat on numerous occasions in his career. Many would rather support a temper over a certified, proven cheat. I state facts here, Schumacher is an admitted cheater, and not just in youth but in parking his car in Monaco qualifying to block Alonso. No one cares who should have won a WDC in your mind; your mind as shown by your words is a lopsided and dim place full of nothing but the rants of a categorically bigoted fan.

      5. HP says:

        ahh 2006 was a really good season, miss good old days.

    3. Krischar says:

      @ Val from montreal

      So called 4X WDC champ Seb vettel who is constantly humbled by Dan ricciardo in the first races of this season so far.

      The current trend is a clear evidence. Seb vettel 4X WDC’S was a heirloom presented to him by newey and RBR. Had Dan ricciardo drove instead of webber he could have been 4X WDC by now.

      Who is vettel? A average pilot who is chastened by Dan Ricciaro at the moment and long the aussie roll may continue.

      1. HP says:

        i dont like Vettel but, he never led the championship until the last race in 2010. in 2012, alonso was leading until the half way point in the season.
        and yes ricciardo seems to be doing better than vettel this year.

        so think before you comment! its like saying- Schumi only won 5 wdc titles because of ross brawn & rory byrn et al, so anyone could of won those 5 titles! give vettel some credit

  44. Dave C says:

    Go to Mercedes. Ferrari is going nowhere even if they do well at Monaco or another 1 off race its not going to win him a championship anytime soon. Rosberg to Redbull and Vettel to Ferrari.

  45. SD says:

    Fernando seems to have natural talent to become a very popular politician in the future.

    1. Davej says:

      +1000

      1. justafan says:

        Alonso, the ‘secret’ king of Spain!

    2. Rene says:

      Not an alonso fan, but that is a very harsh insult :)

  46. MattK says:

    It seems worth pointing out, as Mercedes did, that Dr Zitsche was talking to the King of Spain at the time, and therefore some of his praise may have been exaggerated due to politeness.

  47. meridabob says:

    Just a thought, it is a popular theme on this thread that McLaren will do better with the Honda engine at the back. Don’t they have the best engine currently in F1 at the moment? Do we really think Honda will come out of the box with a race winning set up? Just a thought.

    1. Matt says:

      Mercedes?

    2. Random 79 says:

      You’re not supposed to notice that ;)

    3. Matt says:

      Why not. How about Mercedes this year…..

  48. Sergio says:

    A shame he is not British, probably would be 10 times WDC, at least 3 with Macca and he did not have problems at all with “last man standing” on the track in qualy 2007 with Dennis (silenced by English press) “fair treatment”. It’s not a surprise the Macca interest of the Spanniard, Ron know him very well, he beat them all (an entire team against him & English Media lobby). Better to have the best marketing, a big smile like Ricciardo but among of everything, dont annoy a Bristish star. F1 & FOM & Rights & Media are ruled bey English people. Not criticism at all, they deserved and I thank them. These are the rules of the world…..of F1.

    1. Breton says:

      He didn’t beat them
      He was the one who threw his toys out of the pram when he wasn’t given number one status and was had to compete with his team mate.

      So he blackmailed Ron Dennis saying make me No1 or I am going to the FIA.

      Mind you he was quite happy to take a race win from his team mate driving into a wall to cause a safety car.

      Yeah probably would make a good politician!!!

      1. KRB says:

        Exactly! He was mad that Lewis and he were afforded equal status. I’m sure if Alonso was 20 pts up on Lewis at Hungary that Lewis would’ve been put into a support role. But the thing is that he couldn’t do that, so it would’ve been unsporting of McLaren to not keep up the equal treatment. If anything, Alonso should’ve been put into the support role after going 12 pts down after Japan. His position as DWC negated that happening. McLaren blew it for Lewis anyways.

        http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/motorsport/formula_one/7022171.stm

      2. Sergio says:

        You have two options: to believe (official English & Ron Version) or to think for youself.
        You have a great team in a good shape (McLaren) and the best possible driver (Alonso) and you decide put the biggest English F1 promess alongside the Spaniard, the “Schumacher succesor”. The home guy, the long term investment. What I say now I wrote it in a Forum on pre-season 2007 guessing everything that would happen. Your risk is very, very high, your bet a non sense, but not if you have plans or “counter mesures” (fair treatment). The first to open fire, the first COMPLAINT AGAINST THE SACRED TEAM, in front of the world was Lewis Hamilton at Monaco Press conference accussing them to let them as a N2. The man who finds “perfection”, the showman, Mr. F***, the son of Hamilton Sr. (very helpful that season alongside local press). After that, Ron Dennis changed the rules tacitly admiting his team was not fair. The risk to burn his Biggest Star, his “adopted son” after let him the privilege to begin in a front team was so high that he changed all team rules for him, at the same time all English Press they did not accused Hamilton as a “whiner”, instead of that (logically) they begun the bad press of Alonso as a bad guy or the evil man. Dennis decided to have one turn per GP to have the last lap in qualy, but they did not acomplished with Alonso (with the silence of the Press & the attacking). Even FOM was really ON over the Spaniard in replays (the opposissite of Englishman). Alonso was ALONE and he decided to acomplished the “fair & square pact” (makes me laugh) and he did what you know in Hungary. Alonso never said anything, and the “official version” is what you think, but from this point, Dennis supported Hamilton very openly against Alonso. End of the story. ¿Do you think would be the same if Alonso would be English?

    2. Hames Junt says:

      So what? How many titles won Schumacher? It didn’t stop him not being British.

    3. KRB says:

      What a load!

  49. Sujith says:

    Why would he want more praise? Why is he bothered about all this, especially when he is doing the business on the track! The way Luca responds, shows that there are bigger problems in the relationship that Ferrari are trying to hide perhaps. I don’t know!

    But really? Why would Alonso be bothered about anything like this?!

    1. KRB says:

      It seems simple to me.

      - Alonso’s chats with RBR last year po’d Monty
      - Monty bringing back Kimi po’d Alonso
      - Kimi not doing so well to start this season
      - Newey again rejects Ferrari’s advances
      - Alonso is in the power position at the moment, so Luca must pay fealty

      But things can change again fairly fast.

      1. Sujith says:

        I like your thinking :)

  50. sami says:

    Alonso screwed up two championships in 2010 and 2012 and traumatized his team by doing that, so it’s no wonder that he isn’t getting cheered by his team.

  51. Peter says:

    Ferrari should care less how Alonso feels and focus more on fixing the car. They should try to give also Kimi the car he wants and one that at least has one clear weekend. If they keep building the whole team around Alonso they will not get anywhere.

    1. Krischar says:

      yes yes if they start to build the team around Kimi, Maybe Ferrari can expect another flukey WDC like the one they had in 2007. NOt just that they can invite massa back to the team and replace Alonso with him. So that Kimi will get a real pretender as per his status and will be chastened by massa once again 2015

      Come on ferrari build the team around Kimi and get in massa which presents a chance to see the medicore competition once again in the team. Becuase at the moment Alonso has wiped the floor with kimi which is not liked by his fans out here

  52. Troy says:

    I always cringe when people state more than 100% in those terms.
    It makes me lose trust in their ability to do what ever they do if they can’t work that out. Especially if it’s a technical area of work.

  53. aveli says:

    all the drivers race to win bragging rights and it’s been a long time since alonso won the championship so he needs praise to keep him motivated. he wants to be recognised as the best that is why he was willing to destroy all at mclaren in 2007 where he was beaten by a rookie.

  54. Methusalem says:

    “The best driver” “The most complete driver” blabla. These are the only things FA wins before retiring soon. The guy has won his last championship 8 years ago, and he was beaten by a rookie a year later.

  55. Thalasa says:

    When apparently Alonso’s manager met Red Bull, he said he did so not to discuss Alonso but Carlos Sainz (I reckon). James, it seems as if all of you, commentators, journalist and other insiders don’t buy the storie. Why?
    I’m a bit curious about what sighs give away the true; what are the clues. Or does it come from some deep throat inside the paddock? Cheers,

    1. James Allen says:

      It came from one of the people involved in the conversation!

  56. Xman says:

    I really think Alonso needs to stay put at ferrari, and not make a move after ferrari are still making changes. With a strong no.2 sriver in Kimi, he will have a much better time to get his 3rd wdc.

    I really believe if kimi was partnering alonso in 2010 and 2012 he would of taken of some points from vettel and potentially helped slonso win. But the shumi model didnt work with massa as as soon as he noticed he was clearly outclassed by alonso he couldnt string 10 laps together.

    A bit of karma there for Alonso.

    1. Vin S says:

      Kimi hasn’t joined Ferrari to help Alonso’s ego boost. He’s joined Ferrari to help the team come to a stage where the car can be at the front.

      Once that happens, Kimi has joined Ferrari to beat everyone, including Alonso. Since Alonso has failed to win WDC with No.1 support for 5 years, what makes you think Kimi or Ferrari has any obligation to continue with this failed tactic.

      Wait till the car is set straight with Kimi’s feedback, he already beat Alonso in Spain within 5 races of joining a new team. I have no doubt that Alonso will feel the winter coming in the next races.

      1. Krischar says:

        @ Vin S

        “Kimi has joined Ferrari to beat everyone, including Alonso” – Wow Hilarious and delusional at best

        Have you watched the first 5 races of the season?

        Kimi has joined the help the team? Which team? All i can see is he did not get his pay cheque from lotus team and he has decided to receive a fat pay cheque from Ferrari for the rest of his career at Ferrari? Great move

        Massa has humbled him and Grosjean proved to be faster than him as well. Yet a wonderland view here state he is out there in Ferrari to beat Alonso? You must be kidding yourself

        Wait till the car is set with kimi’s feedback? yes we can wait till brasil 2014 where kimi will have the setup to his liking and he can overcome Alonso there

  57. Jeroen says:

    Some here suggests Alonso could go to Mercedes alongside Hamilton. Why on earth would merc put a newly crowned world champion (assuming ham wins it) driving a world beating car in danger of losing his rag with Alonso (and the press in tow) stirring up trouble?? They have the perfect team now. Romberg tries and tries, keeps Hamilton on his toes but at the same time is never going to do silly things or throw his toys out the pram. Seriously if anyone think paddy or lauda would be that stupid.

    Alonso is unfortunately I say a bit f****** he can go to McLaren now Ron keeps opening the door wide open but is Honda as engine really going to make the difference next year? I doubt it. Small chance Alonso has is that Vettel goes mclaren (for a ‘new project’ as sport folk like to call getting paid more these days) and he can drive a Newey car for once (as by then the focus will be back on downforce and not on hp).

  58. BeaverBill says:

    I don’t see any way out for Alonso, and that sucks. Mercedes won’t get rid of Rosberg any time soon and why should they!? If he’s not in the lead he’s a perfect number two. no complaints just enjoys the ride, complies, gets the job done and keeps a smile on his face (and he’s German!). Alonso has helped cost McLaren the same value as it would take to buy a small country in fines. I don’t think that Ron would easily forget that, even if he seems outwardly different in his words. Red Bull is out of the question while Vettel is there and anyways their Torro Rosso new talent farming policy is getting cheap results as Ricciardo is proving more than competent in making it work. Where else does Alonso have to go? Ferrari can just sit pretty sucking their sponsors dry while throwing out mediocre results as they have done for the last several years.

  59. Shane says:

    The comments related to Alonso on this site are often rather comical. I’m pretty sure that if an angel came to earth and proclaimed for all that God him/herself has decreed Alonso to be the best driver in all the world there would be people in this forum (and many others) that would argue and make claims as if they had some knowledge or expertise that even the omniscient didn’t.

    I guess that is what these forums are for…

    1. KRB says:

      Does God have a Walrus moustache? :-)

  60. kfzmeister says:

    Oh please, please, please.
    Please let Alonso make a move to McLaren next year. Ferrari played away their chances. It is time to move on.

    James, what do you make of all this??

  61. kenneth chapman says:

    i do find it interesting that according to one report that domenicali, upon getting the news of his demise, chose to ring three people…the third one was vettel?

    when asked why he did that he declined to say anything apart from ,’why not ask vettel?’

    1. HP says:

      do you have a link?

      1. kenneth chapman says:

        @ HP….no. the article was just one in the ‘newsnow’ overall scan of sites. if you login to that site you can follow the lead….i think!.

      2. justafan says:

        It was an article on grand prix.com about 5 days ago or so.

  62. Joe says:

    Exactly a year ago, the rumors were Alonso was going to be destroyed by Raikkonen in a super top Ferrari.

    I can see why Alonso is disappointed at those two fails.

    Also, those who think Alonso feels he is only trolled by his team need a new pair of reading glasses.

  63. chris green says:

    the big issue is the lack of competitive teams for great drivers like alonso. it’s such a waste of talent. the spectators are also big losers because they don’t get to see their heroes go head to head.

  64. Phil Glass says:

    James, I’m guessing that these Alonso articles and the predictable responses they provoke must be amusing rather than tedious ….

    There seems to be a small contingent of Alonso faithful who are diligent in rounding on any criticism.

    Can it possibly be that all five of them are different aliases of one and the same poster??

  65. Nqrio says:

    Alo in merc would be the best line up in ages

    1. justafan says:

      Based on what?

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