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Fernando Alonso says he is proud of his performance in recent seasons despite missing out on a third F1 title

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Firestorm

October 25, 2013 11:41 AM

Alonso said in four years he fought for the championship three times. I guess that he is refering to his time at Ferrari but I counted only two challenges of Alonso for the title, 2010 and 2012 seasons. Did I missed something? Anyway he is a great driver, the best outthere in the last few years, so off course that he can be proud. He did everything within human possibilities but Newey's machines were too strong. His new helmet looks cool.

Firestorm

October 25, 2013 12:02 PM

@rdc
Being second in the standings does not mean that he is fighting for the title. Everone lost their chances for the title after the summer break. There Vettel said to everyone: Game Over! So I do not consider Alonso as a challenger for the titles this year.

Firestorm

October 25, 2013 12:11 PM

@ghog
Alonso is quite often in Massa's rear view mirrors? Can you count this cases to me please! They have raced in the same team for 73 races now. I don't remember Massa being ahead of Alonso more than in 8-9 races. Webber performed better than him(from 2009 or 2010 until now), if you are going to compare team-mates.

ghog

October 25, 2013 12:14 PM

Meant currently, now that Massa is not showing his neck to Alonso.

Obviously Alonso is quicker in clean air, But he can make meal out of overtaking Massa (and the Hulk) now.

Firestorm

October 25, 2013 12:25 PM

If you mean the last race, I saw only overtakings that were primarly decided by the tyres. The Bulls had much fresher tyres than Grosjean when overtook him, also I admit Vettel's overtaking manouver was clinical. Alonso and Maldonado were the only guys which overtook their team-mates. At the end of the race both Alonso and Raikkonen overtook Hulkenberg(again a case of tyres), Kimi's overtaking being the best of that race I believe. So give credit where's due.

Firestorm

October 25, 2013 1:30 PM

@ghog
You're right about tyres. I included the tyres as an argument that overtaking at Suzuka was not easy. So Massa could defend against Alonso as did Hulkenberg, as did Grosjean against Webber. Red Bull and Ferrari understood it and took different strategies to Grosjean and Hulkenberg in order to succed. And it did work. Yes it was a great race.

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