F1 » Alonso: We have not yet found ideal balance


Fernando Alonso less than content after Friday practice for the Brazilian GP

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19K rpm - Unregistered

November 24, 2012 3:43 AM

Alonsito crybaby will be screaming for team orders when Massa lifts off to battle for P1 with LH and Seb. FA needs to get over this pipe title dream. There is no more time left to find balance and your team mate is faster than you in Brazil, period, get over. What I don't understand is why on earth did Massa subject himself to becoming the #2 driver at Ferrari instead of seeking a #1 seat at another team after the 2008 season.

Wade - Unregistered

November 24, 2012 3:57 AM

You're all idiots. Of course Felipe will be asked to let Fernando through if it could give him the championship.

Tell me, if Fernando was winning the race and Webber was 4th, and Vettel 5th, do you think Red Bull would tell Webber to let him through?

It's the last race of the season. If the 2nd driver of either team was ahead of their championship contending team mate I would be surprised if it didn't happen. They would be stupid not to. I'm sure every other team on the grid would do the same thing in that position.

ATX2012 - Unregistered

November 24, 2012 4:17 AM

It will be a very interesting spectacle within Ferrari this weekend. Will Massa outqualify Alonso? It seems quite possible. How much does Ferrari value being second in the constructors title race? Reportedly, $10 million is the difference between finishing second and third. With Hamilton looking fast again this weekend, if he wins Macca will have made up a minimum of 8 out of the 14 points. Would they give up 5 grid spots on Massa's car, but risk losing points? Interesting call...

Objective

November 24, 2012 4:45 AM

@Wade

I agree with you. But you have to admit is hard for a guy at his home GP to not be able to show his home fans what he can do.

It would be interesting if both the WDC and constructors championships were on the line and they needed Massa to do his best. Would they sacrifice the WDC for the constructors championship?

Anyway I just hope the race is close and nobody gets caught up in an unfortunate incident.

Rich1 - Unregistered

November 24, 2012 2:12 PM

At COTA, the dirty side of the starting grid was clearly a disadvantage which is why Ferrari did the gearbox seal thing. By doing that it got both of their drivers on the clean side. This difference from one side to the other is not as big of a deal at most circuits.

ATX2012 - Unregistered

November 24, 2012 5:19 PM

So Massa has indeed out qualified Alonso. Now the question is whether it's beneficial for Ferrari to move Felipe back to 10th to move Alonso up to 7th. I don't see how moving Felipe back really helps Alonso... Felipe will move aside for him and as Rich1 points out, the "dirty" side isn't really that dirty at Interlagos. There's also the question of how the Ferrari is set up. I would argue that a dry race would make it very unlikely that Alonso can get the points he needs. I suspect Ferrari has completely gambled it all on a wet setup.

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