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  1. D/T 2021.09.18 18:48 CEST Lord help me, otherwise I will end up liking this man. Unfortunately (I think) Brawn and his crowd wan't listen to a reason. Alonso is referring to Sprint races, which already were given thumbs down by several drivers and TP alike in public. How many more remain in silence is of course another matter.
  2. Are we back to Senna vs Prost argument? That's another case in which media playing large role than they should. It is proven through repeated studies, if people hear a lie or some nonsense continuously repeated, it just became reality for them. Media, mostly British, hated Prost, and Senna for very long time could not do wrong for them. But was he really that good? Senna had - like Hamilton has today - exceptional cars to his disposal through his career. He was to some extend like Verstappen, but rather more nuanced. Max might perhaps achieve that state later in his career. Story of Senna greatness however grows every time as his name comes up. I can imagine that will also happen with Alonso, deservedly or not. The thing is, I was at the track when those two raced. Yes, I am that old. Three times, and I think Prost - 4 WDC to his credit - was a better driver. Nickname professor to his name was there for a reason. Just ask another old fossil, BE. He thinks the same as I do - Prost was better driver than Senna, not that crazy diving into everything, whether he gets credit to his name in some segments of media, or not. That doesn't matter.
  3. I think at this point I have to apologise, but I have exhausted all my enthusiasm analyse Alonso and his adventures, be those on or off track.
  4. Tinted glasses is a nonsensical term, therefore I don't see any usefulness discussing it. Crowd repeating manipulative articles published by (mostly) bias media is not that easy to shake off. It's everywhere. "Most people know" follows usually with claims which clinical psychology is warning rest of us not to accept due to their overwhelming falsehood. I've read today opinions so called self-appointed experts judging the major incident involving two protagonists. Not even them cannot agree on one common statement of truth based on facts. They just spewing their personal bias in public domain, and now it's being repeated by masses on sidelines. I don't have any problem with anyone admitting they do like Alonso's driving, and his personality. Any claims beyond that really bore the heck out of me.
  5. There was the incident which end up with Briatore leaving F1. That one was related to on track action. He is BETTER - that's a subjective judgement and hard to argue for or against. Clinical psychologists do not accept conclusions based on public opinions. Alonso is probably a good driver. Is he better than last four or five WDC? I don't know how to answer such questions because we each look at this sport through our own senses how we view and accept state of perfection. I should add case of Grosjean. When he was under threat missing a race due to having over 12 penalty points, many drivers really behave nastilly because they knew he could not risk proper defence and be misjudged. Vettel was in similar situation when stewards were competing among themselves who gives him more penalty points. In that period DR really pull a one or two dirty fast ones on him, and easily got away with it. You see, this will not happen to Alonso. He screwed (sorry) Sainz, he screwed Vettel once or twice, yet he gets always away with it. Figure that one out. Precious work of art at Mercedes the same. There is no force on this Mother Earth stewards would dare to call foul against him, especially when he was closing on Schumacher. Not everything is pretty in this world, and some of us do realise that.
  6. Agree. That was then, and this is now. Things change quickly, and Brown is collecting all accolades. I assume it will be too much to expect when things will go wrong one day, and they certainly will, that he will accept responsibility and resign (as opposed to blaming and kicking out Seidl). It was Otmar who put down any speculation about DR moving to AM (so he said); obviously based on alleged tension in McLaren camp.
  7. Yes, Alonso is Saint who has never done wrong.
  8. This exchange bores the heck out of me. Renault or Alpine will do whatever they think it's good for them. Hiring Alonso and let him transforming the team to his image while upsetting Ocon, a home guy, is up to them. I think it's insane strategy (can I actually call it a strategy?), but my thoughts are just that, my thoughts, and nothing more.
  9. I don't agree with you. I don't think Alonso was not brought in at all for reasons you state, but whatever. Renault, had their primary objective been advertising of their brand, the team would have called Renault, instead Alpine. Secondly, if you think to which segment of society a product is targeted, and as much I am not privy to their marketing strategy, from some indicators it seems to be youth (twenty something). The same people who do ask Alonso who..?
  10. I think Alain knows what he is talking about, namely disruptive tactics Alonso deploys until he gets his way. This would not be first time paddock is talking about it. I've never doubt Alonso's driving skills. Ocon can learn from him, despite not being slouch himself. Record this year is there for all to see. His annoyance however is with the Alpine team, which is changing car to cater driving characteristics of his teammate, rather than his. We have seen this tendency before in Ferrari, to name just one, when he partnered Kimi. I've said this before, but I am hoping Alpine knows where is their future. 40 years old driver, or something else. Ocon was doing quite well, until Alonso began to advise the team how to change the car. Now Ocon is in trouble, and Alonso is getting better, but at what price? Ocon has no choice, but work with leftovers. Maybe that will be OK, maybe not. It remains to be seen.
  11. It sounds like the old Alonso is now really back. Nothing new, and it was predictable. The same is common happening wherever he goes.
  12. All the so called "experience" was of no use to anyone this year, until Alpine changed massively his car to match his driving style. I find it it ironic to make of it as positive development, especially when next year they will need to change a car again to new specs and on limited budget. Once he leaves, hard to say for whom they are planning to sell that development, especially when expenditures will be at short supply. Fact is, contrary to old wife's tales, Alonso is not being able to drive just any car, so much was proven, but he is not alone. I've heard this me-experience-song once before, when a British driver was busy with self-promotion as the indispensable consultant to Honda upon their return, yet that experiment has turned out at the end to be nothing, but expensive crash at great cost to Honda. These aren't anymore normally aspirated engines, and construction of a vehicle is a job for engineers, with peripheral minor changes according to input from a driver. All modern drivers are capable of it, yet if the car is designed from ground up for one driver's style, then that could be an issue for next guy who will take that seat. That happened at Ferrari when Alonso was there. Alonso is/was a good driver, I am not doubting that, but so are others on sidelines, who are waiting for lack of available seats; call them F1 future, if you will. At his age of 40 one could safely say - he had his chance. IMO, clinging to the past is not making much sense at more than one level. At the end however Alpine is free to spent their money anyway the wish. Good luck to all of them.
  13. I think Alonso was under consideration to replace Perez. It appears Alpine figured out that offer was only in early MAYBE, thus played their cards right, and forced the issue. ... or is it really a WIN for Alpine? I do actually have my doubts. Alonso should fade off the stage gracefully in his age. It's easy to second guess difficult strategic decisions, but I would have choosen DR instead (had he wanted to return), or even better, maybe superb Gasly (or Perez?).
  14. Alonso is certainly teasing his sizeable flock with coded messages. (Novel way to stay in headlines.) Perhaps he is really getting married and stays with Alpine after all. As a late addition to this post I have to admit to later adoption of same views as some thoughtful folks, that we should not have a twitter at all, medium I believe some drivers are using. I had no opinion about it until recently. Medium such as twitter seems to be destroying fabric and core common sense in us. (I am quoting L. H. Lapham, old school (Yale), and BTW brilliant thinker). Meanwhile I am slightly worry about forthcoming race. Unless there is significant attrition rate on the first lap involving front teams, this is hardly AM's track to place well in normal race conditions. I do expect both drivers to place in the race outside of top 10. No more secret: Alonso has signed for 1 more year with Alpine ( D/T 2021.08.26 13:54 CEST )
  15. Inclusion of this note was not meant to be news, as you mistakenly believe. Point is being made, if "big news" Alonso is promising is him changing teams, than for reasons stated, he could perhaps switch with DR. Please read my initial post again, this time slowly, and you find it also in there. The truth to be said, I am however sceptical McLaren would take him. I am under impression that relationship between the team and this driver is broken. We will have to wait.In terms of upwards mobility this would be however the only team which could realistically open door for him. ...or... maybe he is getting married and continue where he is...(I think he is still single)
  16. D/T 2021.08.25 16:51 CEST Well, he makes himself a centre of attention. Can't wait. Alonso actually made an attempt to ride next to Verstappen, said Dr. Marko. (Also next to Hamilton, but I doubt Hamilton is interested in that scenario). He could also switch a seat with DR. McLaren is not happy with DR, and that could go both ways.
  17. D/T 2021.08.25 14:17 CEST If Daimler will increase their ownership share of AM to 20% (their man is now firmly at the CEO helm), several outcomes might be in the offing. Firstly, Mercedes don't do random. There is always large objective, and my guess is most likely full ownership of AM sooner or later. AM could serve as complement to the brilliant AMG line. AM could be also spruced up, so it looks like a car which can appeal to some buyers. I guess not too many are selling right now when a better alternative is available. (Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear once drove one, and he was grumbling in pain about - well - everything, including getting in and out of that James Bond contraption.) Question on my mind is, what happened to F1 competitiveness? RBR and Minardi was bad enough, so I thought, and now MB and AM sleeping together? The situation might in the background solve some problems, but creates new ones, and perhaps just as serious. But then, maybe I am wrong, and latest generation will respond, who cares about those things? If you don't like it, go away; problem solved.
  18. D/T 2021.08.25 08:51 CEST It doesn't make any sense to me, and perhaps it is worth a note or two. There is no unified norm (as far as I am aware off) on definition of “most complete drive in motorsport ever”. From that perspective his words do sound a lot like self promotion and compensation for his deficit on WDC front in the F1. OK, I have only two WDC, but...blah blah blah. There will be always people who will find some new arguments why achievements of others should be stamped on and make those less shining, but that's just human selfishness in all of us, not just in him. People like Schumacher or Vettel, to pick just two examples, entered F1 to compete in the F1 and win, and so they have. No one said to them OK, but now you have to win another n-th series to be a complete professional driver. F1 media have too much of free time and they have to say or write something to get paid. I see it in football as well. I like Messi and Ronaldo, and I am in awe over their skills, but to hear commentators salivating is pain...OK, Messi will be now great too, because he will be playing for more teams than just Barcelona,...blah blah blah. Why not just to stay still in silence, and watch master at work. One opportunity of lifetime to see a man who should receive a Nobel price for his work in this sport. (If there is not one, make one.) Alonso had Alpine to change his car according to his preferences (so he said), and that allowed him to progress rapidly. Vettel after all - rightly so - acknowledged his great comeback. Speaking of Vettel, his team is not French Alpine, and it is obvious to us on the outside as well, but that doesn't makes him a less complete driver. Not in my eyes.
  19. I have different vision from you how a technology series should be organised and function. None of the stuff you cherish that much, I despise advertising manipulations and lies/misrepresentation. I have zero tolerance and respect for PR departments (over)selling flawed concepts, and covering up bad manners. In my world products and people need to speak that language through quality, access, affordability and usefulness. This is as much time I wish to spend on that subject.
  20. D/T 2021.08.21 18:19 CEST Words and realities. Jost has expertise, integrity, and he doesn't say much, but when he speaks, I tend to listen. He seems more grounded than people of AM, and unfortunately for Seb, he might be destined to struggle for rest of his career (unless he moves again). I thought initially 3 years should be enough to enter fight for podium on merit, but now I am not sure anymore. Specs are changing, rules are changing, so we will have to wait.
  21. D/T 2021.08.15 22:20 CEST Sounds good (if true). 40 years...and everyone is still there? Ferrari is sometimes very forgiving.
  22. On 2021.07.14 6:01 (UTC) I am sorry Brad, but I take a slightly different point of view. I perceive Mr. Stroll as a man who is not experienced in science of engineering and F1 style racing, therefore consequently he seems to be running from one extreme statement to another, making rather dubious claims. First, drunk with success last year he set his sight on the bar for this year which did not made much sense. Today, just a few months later, top podium is for him 5 years away. I think he was wrong then, and he is most likely wrong now. 5 years for development is period often quoted (parrotted) for new entrants into a sport who are in proverbial sq 1, trying to settled in. Brown made similar statements, but Seidl apparently had different ideas, and it pays off. AM is not a new entrant by any standard, and considering where they were last year, despite this year is a lost opportunity, recovery should be on the way. There are regulatory changes coming next year, and AM should be able to mingle with Mercedes power plant in top 5 group on regular basis, and win here and there. In 5 years - who knows what will happen. Each team has their own idiosyncrasy which could be exasperated by forthcoming changes to some, yet offering unexpected opportunity for someone else. I think F1 mindset aims must be planning for wins not 5 years from now, but by next race, and one after that, and so on. That's the only way to live in this business. Just execute next race slightly better than in the previous one. That's a slope of progression which would make sense to me.
  23. On 2021.07.06 15:24 (UTC) That's an impactful change. Under budgetary reductions, several teams will go through staff reduction, consequently people with F1 experience should be available for hire. Challenge for AM is filtering those people who have experience that is needed, and are they monozukuri oriented. Resources built up is a step forward.
  24. On 2021.07.02 15:31 (UTC) In FP 1 - Austria A picture worth ten thousand words.
  25. On 2021.07.01 14:45 (UTC) AM didn't have any serious problems to finish races, so I am lost over your position on this subject. By definition then, dwelling on the same spot (P-something at the back) is not a move forward. I would be speaking about progress, if Vettel and AM regularly finished every race somewhat better than the previous race. At this stage, Vettel should be in P4 - P7 range. That's my expectation, however instead, it is big fat FAIL As stated the other day, Sebastian had some sort of minor success on city street circuits, but was very weak on the Austrian speed track. I do not expect from next race any miracles, unless AM mounts some good upgrades. Why Stroll is liking the car, and Vettel is not, that is an unanswered question.
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