F1 » Alonso backtracks on defeatist title talk

Having sounded defeatist in the aftermath of Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix - a race he is adamant he could have won - Fernando Alonso now insists Ferrari still believes, and is far from ready to throw in the towel in F1 2011

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pitstop - Unregistered

June 01, 2011 4:31 PM

He must definatly know then that Flav is coming back very soon and thinks that he is the one who is going to help him win the title,and if Flav does come back i bet Massa won't be able to get out of there quick enough.

50 Cent - Unregistered

June 01, 2011 4:46 PM

I don't know why some newspapers are talking about Ferrari concentrating on next year. There is nothing better than to improve morale than to start winning immediately.

Eric - Unregistered

June 01, 2011 6:28 PM

I think both Alonso and Hamitlon are frustrated and rightly so. Vettel is extremely good but he is NOT 5 races to 0 and 5 to 1 better than them. He is doing a brilliant job right now in the best car that is at least one second faster than the Ferrari and 3/4 of a second better than the McLaren. I think most fans are frustrated too. Ferrari and McLaren need to catch up. If all three constructors built similar performing cars it would be Hamilton, Alonso then Vettel. If either one was in along side Vettel in the Red Bull it would be a different story. Hamilton would handle Vettel more often than not but Vettel would definitely get his shots in. Alonso too. When Schumi dominated it was easier to take because he was the best driver.

Eric - Unregistered

June 01, 2011 6:55 PM

(Continued) Schumi wasn't up against anyone for any length of time, Hill for a few years, then Jacques, Mika. But during his string of title's who was he racing against? Nobody really. Kimi was in it towards the end and frankly was unlucky in 03. Alonso then ended the run. Up until then Schumi was the only top tier driver. Now there are three and prolly three more (Button, Webber, maybe Rosberg) that are very close talent wise. It would be great to see Hamilton, Alonso and Vettel trading wins all year with the aforementioned group getting in there as well. You could say this happened last year but it was more to do with Vettel throwing points away nearly every chance he got. Yup, I'm frustrated too!


June 01, 2011 8:55 PM

Montreal last year was one of the few occasions were alonso and both mclarens outraced red bull, for the longevity of the title race canada has come at a perfect time. Although with drs i have a gut feeling that this years red bull is even more of an aerodynamic missile than its predecessor, and beating them will be a tough job, the focus alonso showed in the last half of last season (and by the mclaren driver in the first half, webber in the middle of last season) needs to be re ignited now and maintained to begin causing vettel to loose some sleep.

Equin0x - Unregistered

June 01, 2011 9:12 PM

Eric you're dreaming mate, I'd love to see Hamilton join Redbull next year and get owned, but even when that happens people like you will make excuses, thing is the Mclaren has been quicker than Redbull for the past 2 race weekend apart from Barcelona qualifying yet Vettel shines above Hamilton on all levels, even Alonso done well with his inferior equipment, so the the order is more like Vettel, Alonso, Hamilton.

Rob01 - Unregistered

June 01, 2011 10:18 PM

Equinoxen...your thought process is flawed. You say he would get owned by Vettel. He wasn't owned by Alonso who you have ahead of Lewis. I think you're just a Red Bull fan boy with a chip on the shoulder. No would out of the three would own the other. That sounds a little more fair doesn't it?

USF1_Fan - Unregistered

June 01, 2011 10:47 PM

I think it unlikely that Ferrari can get their car back up to par at this point, but best of luck to 'em.
As Alonso has proven- his raw talent is enough to be a threat if his car is even close.
McLaren have gotten the car right up there it seems, and if they have then there will be some racing indeed! That would have 2 more drivers in the hunt.

As for the comments comparing the skills of Vettel, Hamilton and Alonso- well, all three are at the top. (Though Alonso is a slimeball!) In equal or close to equal cars ANY of the three could win, I'd say.

And yes, there are more drivers just a notch down that are always a threat too, and at least one manufacturer.

We'll find out soon....

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