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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whitew - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 9:49 AM

Alonso is desperate..

Guess Massa will be told to take Vettel out in the next race.

Alonso will try and win at any cost, ask Piquet Jr who crashed to allow Alonso to win. No respect for the man any more.


November 19, 2012 10:15 AM

Calling Ferrari's move cheating just shows your complete lack of understanding of the rules. Domenicali even asked the FiA if breaking the gearbox seal was ok and they said yes, so how the hell can it be cheating?

Call it unsporting, question the sporting morality of it by all means but only call it cheating if you're a bit dim.


November 19, 2012 10:20 AM

ty. the term cheating is only used by fanboys. what ferrari did was allowable, even though a little unethical. and dont forget, until big john got his penalty, alonso would have been on the good side anyway.

Alonso #1 fan - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 10:36 AM

Its a team sport and Ferrari is doing just that.

Besides, others have done it before including Ferrari so there is no need to say its unsportman like. mclaren could opperate Ferrari's 2008 f1 car with the amount of data it had and kept. Redbull changed wings to favor Vettel. Alonso jumped 3 cars before getting to turn 2 because of yesterday's decision which was fun to watch.

Sometimes it gets even dirty. Renault in singapore 08' ordered Piquet to crash so Alonso got a benefit, Spa 98' DC slowed down on the straight in the rain when visibility was almost zero to take out Schumacher who had lapped the whole field?? DC could have exited the turn slowly to allow the pass but decided to slow down on the straight in the rain!!! Shumacher could have been +3 but ended up -7. Spying, driver favorism, cheating is all part of this sport and who ever says its clean needs a serious wake up call.

nicon - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 11:13 AM

In a professional sport, that "luxury" as F1 and with billions of euros spend every year you don't have the "luxury" to play ethical. You Just following the rules and don't care about your "image". Wining the title adds, except from image, lots of millions. It's a business. Nothing more nothing less.

BTW the other teams would have done the same if they're at same position (and get that fine idea) so don't blame Ferrari for it.

If crash make a thread about "Team Orders" over the last 20-30 years, believe me, you could fill a hole book with them!

Just start with RB and Marc Webber (and the type of KERS and ALTERNATOR he had, and the tons of problems he only had with car all year) and you'll find out a lot!!!

Rondick - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 11:32 AM


You are obviously scraping the barrel as you have brought nothing to the table about Farrar's tactic of Texas race.

This is a team sport where team orders are allowed and you can't show a single shred of evidence what they did in Texas is illegal.

Too clever for some I guess, reminds me when MSC won the race in the pitlane at Silverstone. Tactical Master Class.

Chief - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 11:43 AM

As far as Ferrari's championship hopes are concerned, it is fine, it makes Alonso closer.
But if some other team had done the same thing in a similar situation, the Ferrari International Association (FIA) would have disqualified them from the race for cheating.

nicon - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 11:56 AM

Thank you Ron**** you brought that Silverstone thing up. I was about to write about it.

Remember '98 Hakinnen at Melbourne? He "forced" to drive through the pit lane by McLaren 'cause he was so fast with the newly introduced Bridgestone tires and with the passive 4wheel brakes system they had back then, that they afraid he might lapped the third (MSC) at the end of race and they didn't want problems. Thankfully for the others (and us) this brake system (which was perfectly legal though they had give all the details to FIA) was forbidden.

point collector - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 12:01 PM

So proud of cheating??waow.u can do it but to say such statement was unbelievable.it's a whatever do expression of a very desperate WDC candidate-not a master class!
now you say nice things to FM in hope he,Felipe,would do favours to him at last round at Interlagos.for who?for him to be the Champion?
if situation reversed,would he still mouth nicely under Team label disguise?I bet not.just look back 2007 n 2008 with McLaren when was patnered to LH.
So Massa,go for it for yourself!


November 19, 2012 12:12 PM

Way back to the top comments. Anyone who doesnt believe team orders are made before every race (different wings) etc, by every team, your fooling yourself.
But I agree, Mac would have been laid out by the stewards.

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