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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m - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 7:06 AM

I bet if this was Hamilton this whole site would be up in arms!
While not cheating this time wasn't it team orders that asked one his team mates to crash into a wall?


November 19, 2012 7:07 AM

Legal, but I don't like it...

I wonder how "proud" Fernando would be if the roles were reversed...

He also mentions that Felipe was faster in Q1, Q2 and Q3... He forgets to mention that he was MUCH faster in the race as well. I hope this end of season has been a return to form for Massa as I still think he deserves a championship,..

Chris - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 7:28 AM

Get over it, as Red Bull and others have done in the past, what Ferrari did is in the rules, stop blabering about rubish. Alonso ended up 40 seconds down on the 2 leaders, that in itself would allow Seb to cruse to the title. FA's only chance of the title is for Seb to not finish.

Cheater - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 7:58 AM

Well ferrari should be banned from sport.just cheat and cheat.poor mass would have beaten his team mate if they didnt pit him for no reason.just go to show they say ferrari know how to make cars but they dont get beaten by drinks company.ban them from sport

Ptolomy - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 8:11 AM

There may not be a rule specifically for clipping the transmission seal with a pair of cutters in order to affect the order on the grid.
But it is immoral, unsportsmanlike, and unethical.

Wonder what other creative ways a team can come up with in order to artificially influence the race? This is BS!
Lets go back to letting the teams use as many engines and transmissions as they like. Don't give me the "Cost Limiting" excuse. In 2014 they are being forced to use engines that cost 30m instead of 10m. What happend to the "Cost Cutting Craze?"

nicon - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 8:14 AM

The rules are rules! They are not made to "interpret" as anybody likes. I wonder if Ferrari actually had a problem and needed to change the gearbox... then what would everybody say about it? That it was a cheat? That Ferrari did it on purpose in order to gain something of it?

That's why the sport have rules. If you change (deliberately or not) the gearbox you have 5 seats penalty for it. Period.!


November 19, 2012 8:57 AM

It isn't cheating but it definitely isn't sportsmanship. Alonso was out-qualified by his team mate and got pushed onto the dirty side due to the grid penalty on another driver. Had that not occurred I doubt they would have found the need to change Massa's gearbox as he was already on the clean side in 9th on the grid.

I got the impression after the race that Hamilton and Vettel weren't too happy with the Ferrari tactics.

san - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 9:00 AM

are ferrari and alonso stupid to think that attempting to win the championship by using these tactics and blatant team orders earlier in the season will win them any support and admiration from the fans and public. No it will not!! should alonso win the championship it would be a tainted win and would be remembered so .alonso is difinately not considered as a true champion in my opinion.

san - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 9:12 AM

dooes ferrari care about their reputation obviously not!
if you want to sell more cars mr ferrari compete like champions not like some desperate cheat!!
same advice for mr alonso if you want to be remembered as a true champion then race like one if even if you loose this would be better than beating your team mate into submission with team orders!
shame on you and your team

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