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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Droog - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 5:28 PM

Too much $ at stake to let little things like "Honour" intrude. That's not the Ferrari way.
Besides, it did make for a more exciting race.
Now down to Brazil, this season has been almost as good as 2010.

iamajc - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 7:48 PM

Schumacher Hill Austrailia 1994 Senna Prost Japan 1990 how I would laugh if it became Vettel Alonso Brazil 2012 If you want to set the standards that low would ferrari be able to moan about underhand tatics, no honour, no worries. That cowboy hat does seem very fitting alonso

Ben Doon - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 9:13 PM

Well at the end of the day, they can say what they like. A failure is a failure. Lets make a fuss now shal we.

All the other teams havent been doing it then??

Stupid rule that 'penalties' for failures, at worst this serves to emphasise how stupid the rules can be somtimes. If it werent for that penalty rule, there wouldnt be any controversy.

Ptolomy - Unregistered

November 20, 2012 10:05 AM

Here's one for ya,
Lets say Ferdi qualifies in 9th in Brasil. Webber qualifies in 8th. Also lets assume that the even numbered slots are on the dirty side of the track.
And then Red Bull walk over to Webbers car with a pair of cutters and they clip the transmission seal on Webbers car and that places Ferdi on the dirty side of the track.
That's "using" the rules. Right?

iamajc - Unregistered

November 20, 2012 2:15 PM

Ben Doon
It wasn't a failure though. Massa's gearbox was fine and wasn't changed, it just had the seal removed. The effect was a manipulation of the rules (and the starting grid) because ferrari didn't like their qualifying positions. The problem a lot of people have is it is not very sportsmanship like, which doesn't seem to come into F1 these days. The rule book, like laws have to be black or white to be able to function unfortunately.

aga - Unregistered

November 20, 2012 6:21 PM

At least Ferrari were honest and did admit why the removed the gearbox seal from Massa's car. It wouldn't have looked ok if they actually tried to convince people there was a problem.

The rules are there not just to abide, but to use to your full advantage, something mostly done in terms of finding loopholes in car specification regulations. As mentioned previously, Red Bull, as well as various others, have exploited this fact the past few years.

Kevin - Unregistered

November 22, 2012 6:45 PM

The move was strategic and legal by current definiion. Since clipping the seal set Massa back 5 spots, there was no gain for the team, but it did serve the need of Alonso to be on the clean side and allowed him to step in front of Massa after qualifying poorly. I really dislike seeing Massa tossed under the Alonso bus. He was quicker all weekend, so Alonso finishing third was a manipulated result. If this leads to him winning the WDC by just a couple of points, it will just go down as another tainted championship on the Alonso CV.

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