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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Wacko - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 2:39 AM

Cheating,not technically. Against the rules, definitely not( yet). Unethical, ??? Just feel for Massa, how many times did he take one for the team recently?

US_F1_Fan - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 3:17 AM

The facts are simple:
What Ferrari did was within the rules and was a logical and effective move that aided Alonso's challenge to Vettel.

The opinions about it are less simple:
Most Formula 1 fans will find it distasteful, some will be pleased.

I find it sleazy myself, and this kind of thing is why I have never been a fan of Ferrari- more than any other team they will allow NOTHING to stand in their way.

I am glad that they were honest about it though- almost like they are trying to develop good sportsmanship all of a sudden.

Redbull racing - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 3:43 AM

It would have been more honourable if Alonso himself took a penalty. Then whom am I kidding? This is a person who let the team mate crash so he could win. Rather fail with honour than succeed by fraud.

Ptolomy - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 3:56 AM

The F'd up thing about it is that SO many are willing to accuse Red Bull of "cheating" by designing a car within the rules that ends up being superior to the others. Like the "flexible front wing" "automatic adjusting ride height" "hand adjustable ride height" "blown diffuser" Etc. Etc. Some of these things were true. Some were made up. But all were within the rules. Still a great deal of people cried foul.
And then Ferrari pulls a stunt like this, which is clearly immoral and noone says a whole lot.
Why the bias against the German boy, Red Bull and Co.?

Ilovemyhaters - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 4:09 AM

Funny that this same fernando benefited of a young brazilian driver crashing into a wall and some guy name briatore was blame for cheating and eventually banned from formula 1.

That must mean that briatore is ready to make a comeback, and be very welcome into the formula 1 family, i bet bernie will be delighted to see him back and we fans will celebrate like we won the lotto, love karma bitches, accept the fact that wherever this fernandito goes some dirty **** is in the works.

Can't wait for red bull and him go together, that will be a match made in heavens.

Mark _

November 19, 2012 4:37 AM

@Ptolomy - Red Bull has bent the rules to the point that the rule had to be clarified. They cannot legally run the same car that won them races earlier in the season yet the rules have not been changed??? What Ferrari did they and any other team are free to do again. Since the beginning of motorsport teamates have helped each other at there own expense. The only way to eliminate team tactics is to have one car teams.

bjr - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 4:47 AM

I suppose the only way to close the "loop hole" would be to propose that a grid relegation for a gearbox change (or whatever) doesn't affect the grid position of the team's 2nd car so no advantage could be gained.

It was legal under the rules, although it's skirting close to "bringing the sport into disrepute".

Biased much - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 5:34 AM

@ Ptolomy, hand adjustable ride height is illegal and in the Tylenol. No penalty for RBR. Webber missed a weigh in, no penalty unlike kobayashi who got a 5 spot penalty for the same problem.

CBR11X - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 5:58 AM

I don't like the tactic, but it's not cheating if it doesn't break the rules. I hate team orders, and I think 2 way comms need to be banned from the cars. Let them read the pit-boards like they have to in MotoGP.

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