F1 » Alonso 'under much more pressure' at Ferrari than Schumacher was

Outspoken as ever, in a forthright interview, Flavio Briatore has offered his views on team orders, his future in F1, Michael Schumacher's ill-fated return - and why Fernando Alonso has it much tougher at Ferrari than 'Schumi' ever did...

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September 24, 2010 9:14 PM

Why the pressure? He has been through the entire Ferrari manual before. And he is by FAR the most hardened driver on the grid. He would throw his mom under the bus to come out on top. Nothing fazes him.

marybeth - Unregistered

September 25, 2010 12:54 AM

Kimi Raikkonen won his 1st year at Ferrari, in 2007. But that was before Alonso came with Santander money, was afraid to run against him, and pushed him out for Massa as a teammate. In fact, if Alonso had not pushed Kimi out, he would not have to worry about pressure at Ferrari. :)

Nigel K

September 25, 2010 11:50 AM

Fernando entered F1 with Minardi in 2001 at the age of 20. He joined Renault as a test driver in 2002 and he showed such technical acumen for a 21 year old, that his contribution to the development of the then Renault was paramount to success. Consequently, the underperforming Jenson Button was ousted out of his drive by the Renault management and the drive was given to Fernando in 2003.
In 2003 he achieved four podium finishes with one win at Hungary. In 2004 acieved another 4 podium finishes. In 2005 he won seven races and the WDC. In 2006 he won another seven races and his second WDC.
His influence on the Renault team was such that he created permanent pressure on the engineers, asking the maximum out of everybody every day. That was his downfall at McLaren, because being an English team, they could not stomach the fact that a foreigner was creating so much pressure on them to become over achievers like him. A sorry state at McL, but that is life, resulting in their downfall in 200

Nigel K

September 25, 2010 12:00 PM

......resulting in their downfall in 2007.
At Ferrari, Fernando is once again in his element. First and foremost Ferrari is an Italian team, which has the ability to integrate more closely with their drivers. He is exerting his influence on the team, but contrary to Ron Dennis at McL, Luca Di Montezemolo not only likes what he is seeing, but he is encouraging Fernando 100%. That is the only route to success, as everyone knows, that Fernando is over achieving results at Ferrari with a car that is not really considered to be 100% efficient by F1 standards.
I still want to see, Lewis in a Minardi class car, or better still a Williams, or a Renault, although these two teams are once again improving. But that would be the litmus test for an overarrtaed driver such as Lewis. Everyone can win races in the best car on the track.


September 25, 2010 3:37 PM

2 World titles with Reanult+Santander money+ a lucrative contract with Ferrari= High expectations.
Not really a good formula as the 1st half of the season progressed for Fernando though admittedly Ferrari did manage to get their act together not counting Germany.
Still as the season winds down to a close the pressure will no doubt be high not only for Alonso but for the 3 teams on the grid.

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