F1 » Alonso 'proud' of Ferrari tactics in Texas


Ferrari stirred controversy with their decision to intentionally incur a grid penalty in order to benefit Fernando Alonso. But it worked, and Alonso said he was proud of how they'd handled it.

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LJ - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 1:01 AM

As long as team orders are allowed, I don't see how this is any different. It's an odd situation.. At any other track they probably wouldn't have done this.

I'm not in favour of this kind of thing, but people are kidding themselves if they believe any other team wouldn't do the same in their position, because they all would.

jordi mari

November 19, 2012 1:36 AM

To those of you criticizing Ferrari's move, please help me out here ... Are you saying that if you were a team's head and one of your drivers was just 10 points behind the championship leader with 2 races remaining you would not use all the options within the rules to maximize your driver's (and your team's) chances?

Greg Tan - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 1:47 AM

Smart move, it is obvious why aged Filipe is extended.
This year Fernando has been very fortunate so nothing wrong in maintaining the momentum.
Yesterday again Fernando's rival, Mark had to retire I am afraid that in Brazil, Sebastian has to retire for his crown.
Lucky Fernando and Ferrari.

bozgp - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 1:58 AM

@ Wade. Are you remembering these events or merely making them up as you type?

Alonso, I hope Seb's car breaks down while in the lead once again and you get your title. Then I hope to hear your fans,talk about how you deserved it and how Seb gets his success handed to him without effort.

sam - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 2:06 AM

finding loophholes in words is not motor racing and it is not engenering. but it was in usa and usa loves contract and courtroom drama so i guess they think this is great. i am disgusted that fia allow it.

sam - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 2:08 AM

did not massa penalty also affect other drivers, not just alonso. for that reason unfair. best option tho would be for fia to have scrubbed both sides of grid before start so no grip on either side.

Wake up - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 2:08 AM

Wake up people that are not happy by this move, every team uses team orders it sucks I know, but all teams at this time of year that are in a position to challenge for the championship use them. They are often thinly veiled lines like sebs faster than you mark or something to that effect, at least Ferrari haven't hidden it. In a perfect world the rule no team orders would stand for something but unfortunately it doesn't and that goes for all teams. It was clever though but will prompt a rule change next year, because next race I wouldn't be surprised if a wave of second string drivers fall victim to a gearbox problem haha.

believeme5 - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 2:20 AM

@ron**** I dont know what you know about F1 but decades and decades ago when you were only a gleam in your daddys/ grandfathers eye Ferrari had sometimes only 1 car entered in F1 , it would commonly be a nail, uncompetitive all year long, until Monza, when a "lance armstrong" would be done on Ferrari fuel and the thing would be an exocet missile.THATS how long Ferrari have been cheating ( they ALL cheat in one way or another , it wouldn't be F1 otherwise)

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