F1 » Alonso ‘an indecipherable character’ – Costa

Former Ferrari technical director Aldo Costa has described Fernando Alonso as “a true great” of F1 but “an indecipherable character”

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August 07, 2014 2:21 PM

I agree with Costa when he says Alonso is a great, in an era where we have the best bunch of champions maybe ever plying their trade at the same time a true golden era Alonso should be regarded as the best of the current bunch. As for outside the car I will take Costs's word regards Alonso being an enigma Maybe Costa should try and find some descendants of Alan Turing and maybe one of them could decipher Alonso the Enigma.

It seems as Ferrari needs another Jean Todt who knew how to separate
the Hierarchy (LDM) from the the technical team (Byrne and Brawn). It worked well in the Schumi days.


August 07, 2014 3:21 PM

He's a good driver but definitely not a great.

He won the championship twice when he had the best car.

Fact is that this is his 14th year in F1 and only 2 championships, hes hardly setting the world on fire.


August 07, 2014 4:32 PM
Last Edited 545 days ago

I have never been a fan of Fernando Alonso.
Maybe it was something related to what Costa has now revealed : an indecipherable character . It may be one thing when someone as us, the fans, says that FA is not decipherable and quite something else, when that is coming from a guy like Costa .
But we should not let sympathy to judge the greatness of Alonso, instead of putting in the balance his performance related to the racing material he has had, through the seasons.
His greatness is maybe better revealed by the way in which all the other people from the grid (drivers or staff) tend to consider him as a benchmark.


August 07, 2014 4:33 PM

whitew: He's a good driver but definitely not a great.

He won the championship twice when he had the best car.

Fact is that this is his 14th year in F1 and only 2 championships, hes hardly setting the world on fire.[\blockquote

Either you don't watch races or you just "fell out the stupid tree" quote unquote.


August 07, 2014 5:27 PM
Last Edited 521 days ago

whitew you are completely wrong. You need to understand F1 comprehensively. It is not all about winning championships, it is also about the number of wins, podiums achieved, the way the driver has driven compared to the car he has had and the results he has achieved considering the situation in which he was. Alonso has got all the performance out of brilliant cars in 2005,2006 and good cars in 2004,2013 but has also got results that are beyond the cars speed with bad cars in 2008,2009,2011,2012 and 2014. That is why he is a 'Great' he has shown he's ability in difficult situations, has dragged more out of bad cars and is always unbelievably consistent. A good driver is someone like Mark Webber, Alonso is great and even more than great which is one of the best ever. Senna has 3 championships compered to Shumacher's 7, Prost's 4, and Vettel's 4 but that does not mean he is worse than them because when you look at the way he drove and the situations in which he drove you notice tha


August 07, 2014 5:39 PM

One should also realise that the word "indecipherable" should not necessarily be taken to mean that Costa has a negative view of Alonso. If Alonso did not provide excellent feedback to the engineers, or did not drive the car to its absolute maximum, or did not train hard to get in shape for the championships, or did not fulfil his team PR requirements, or was not consistently voted best driver by the team principals, then I am sure that Costa would have used a different word to describe him! :-)

It would be interesting to find out a bit more about what he really means though......


August 07, 2014 5:55 PM
Last Edited 521 days ago

maybe it has something to do with threatening to blackmail (@ Macca) or something like that. Alonso is good, but hes been well taken care of during most of his career. Guaranteed Kimi would give him a run for his money if Kimi's car wasn't breaking down or Ferrari actually gave 2 cents about helping Kimi setup the car, etc...

You can say Alonso is a great all you want, and while he is at least an outstanding quality driver, it might in fact be his own desire to be the #1 on his team that is his true weakness, and the reason why Ferrari can not evolve like Mercedes have (last year). I would also say, that Ferrari would be almost or close to at least as good if Alonso left the team. I am not saying Alonso is a fraud, but hes very much in the same vein as like one Valentino Rossi, who needs the team around him, who has had great success, but might not be all that.

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