F1 » Alonso downplays 'political' comments


Fernando Alonso: I don't think I am good at politics, I just drive the car

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AlonsoFan - Unregistered

January 17, 2013 7:02 PM

Well said my son, it seems they read only at night. That is funny. You have done very well to place second all things considered, and you have lost unfortunatly due to 2 DNF. Best of luck and all the other factors for 2013.

blublz

January 17, 2013 9:09 PM

I'm not sure if Ferrari would have achieved second place in both championships in 2012 with any other driver in the number five car, Red Bull however could possibly have managed their results without Helmut Marko.

JJJ - Unregistered

January 17, 2013 9:44 PM

@blublz

Ha, another nicely understated comment there :D.

However on your first point I think Hamilton and Raikkonen would have also been able to get 2nd place in the Ferrari. Maybe Vettel too but he hasn't had enough top teammates (in their prime) yet to say that with much confidence.

Think the reason FA tends to qualify Lewis as his strongest competitor is because in the same car and in Lewis' 1st year Lewis kinda beat him (just) so for his own 'I'm the best driver out there' ego, he needs Lewis to be the closest competitor to him...

JJJ - Unregistered

January 17, 2013 9:59 PM

FA's story sounds so reasonable you'd almost be lulled into not recognising that a lot of what he does is political warfare.

Let's not forget that for all of FA's driving talent (which of course he does have in spades), his best results have been while he was the clear number 1 driver at Minardi, Renault, Renault again and lately at Ferrari.

The first few years at Renault when the team still halfway supported Trulli, FA was not exactly blowing him away and we all know what happened at McLaren...I think after the great year he had, eventhough he's good, people are talking him up just a tad too much.

blublz

January 18, 2013 7:25 AM

@JJJ
lol yes, maybe a few drivers could have achieves similar results (Schumacher on a regular basis until Ferrari started winning), not sure however if Helmut didn't turn up to a race weekend if it would affect the outcome. Agree that FA will constantly use Hamilton as reference due to the one season though and ignores his team mate (publicly at least, as has LH), since joining Ferrari he seems to set out solely to beat the (now) Mercedes man.

Futini - Unregistered

January 18, 2013 12:32 PM

I understood his comment regarding Hamilton as a slight against Vettel. He basically said that even when Hamilton is in a car that sucks he can still be a factor, whereas Vettel not so much.

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