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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nicon - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 12:19 PM

@ point collector

The situation was sometime reversed! Remember '08 Interlagos?? Let me refresh your memory:

Massa was going for the championship with a lot of Kimi's help. He manages to win the championship from Lewis for some seconds only as Timo Glock went out the last corner and Lewis managed to go up from sixth to fifth place and won the championship.

What is cheat anyway?

whizzo - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 12:19 PM

Alonza would go to any length to become world champion like at renault when his team mate crash out for him but i don,t only blame him i also blame the FIA and ferrari it,s time the fia clamp down on themthey always breaking the rules even though it was legal it was unfair if another team had done that they would be talking about another series i hope alonzo and ferrari loose the champioship and as long as he is there they never win one either.ps i am a ferrari fan but this is not racing to much blatent team orders.

rob01

November 19, 2012 12:27 PM

There is only ONE pit box per team in F1. And there are TWO drivers. F1 is designed for team orders. Until there are two pitboxs there are team orders. Very simple to understand.

rickenbauker - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 12:45 PM

I thought it was pretty clever, until I realized how bad it was going to shake up the rest of the grid. It may have been legal, but it wound up rigging the start. Time to close that loophole.

richard

November 19, 2012 1:01 PM

its all a little like the tactics not to send out a car in q3, so as to avail of tyres etc. will we see other teams in brazil, looking for penalties so as to give them an advantage?

This time alonso at least admit he knew they asked his support driver to take a dive to promote him,
Alonso blocked Mclaren/Hamilton in pit during qualifying, here alonso claimed he didn't know.. also his unusual early pitstop in Singapore at which his support driver crashed to put him in front in a under performain Renault .. he didn't know ... do you believe in santa claus too ???
yes Alonso a perfect match for Ferrari and their support organization FIA...

Wacko - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 3:25 PM

Since we are on the topic of Business ethics here. Theoretically speaking, which co-driver do you suppose would be willing (or likely) to do something dastardly to dash the others title hopes in Brazil? I truly think that Webber would tell his bosses to shove it, whereas Massa has been threatened publicly before by his own team. After all its just racing! :) Maybe Vettel just says to heck with it and takes out Alonso so neither of them finish? The point is that with ethics there is no grey area. You either have them or you do not.

iamajc - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 5:17 PM

Whilst it may not technically be cheating it wasn't exactly sportsmanship was it. The fact that alonso is proud of this says alot, most people would have been embarrassed about it. Allowing a team to falsely effect the starting line up for an advantage cannot really be considered to be a good thing. I think in the future any penalties after qualification should result in said driver going to the back of the grid and his original grid spot being left open thus no one will gain an UNFAIR advantage. Watching alonso and ferrari is like watching drogba rolling around on a football pitch everytime someone looks at him, sad sad sad. Hope Vettel wins the championship and Kimi can still pass alonso for 2nd in the drivers, a much more worthy recipient. Anyone but alonso basically

Mark _

November 19, 2012 5:19 PM

Some people keep bringing up Singapore as an attack on Alonso. That was not for Alonso as he was out of the championship hunt. It was for Renault who desperately needed a win to secure their future. There never has been any evidence that Alonso knew anything about it so suggesting that he did borders on liable.

I am going to go out on a limb to say that those who are complaining don't care much for Alonso or Ferrari anyway.

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