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  1. 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.
  2. 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..?
  3. 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.
  4. It sounds like the old Alonso is now really back. Nothing new, and it was predictable. The same is common happening wherever he goes.
  5. 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.
  6. 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?).
  7. 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 )
  8. 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)
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Date 2021.05.13 Time 14:32 (UTC) Is it a new edition of Alonso? Paraphrasing, from his lips, when he said even my 100% is not enough to match Ocon. As we know from the past, he likes to throw percentages around, but his comment surprised me. It sounded like an admission of a man who faces his own life in moment of truth, and realises it is an end of his own era. Surely we can see him gradually progress somewhat towards front from where he is today. but it was first time when I felt sympathetic to his mental struggle, with clear eye understanding that everything comes to its end. Progress is one thing, but to be a player who can impact results of races is something else, and I think he knows that well.
  12. Year and half of considerations was given to Vettel? News to me. Vettel was made fun of, discarded like old bedroom slippers, written off, termed as "spent force" by a former has-been, thrown under the bus, and generally disrespected in media and on public forums more, than anyone I know in F1. Day in, day out. That's positive and forgiving consideration? Not in my book. In contrast, I don't know of anyone throwing flak at Alonso. It has been noted that he needs more time in that car, but that's all. Observation is just that, observation, which BTW he agree with. So, why spread even more misinformation around here?
  13. There is a lot of nonsense appearing on these pages lately. Theory of judgement and perception teases various philosophers for ages since age of Descartes, if not earlier. Perhaps some basic definitions could help. Terms are available everywhere, as long as you are willing to look for them, instead just filling void with trash between real news. Definition: Perception refers to the way in which you sense of a situation. Judgement refers to the way in which you make decisions after analysing and evaluating your perceptions. Sequence: Perception occurs before judgment. Judgement occurs after perception. Classification: Perception can happen through the five senses or the intuition of a person. Judgement evaluates information through a logical and impersonal process or personal beliefs or morality. It doesn't hurt to stick just with facts.
  14. This sentence has its advantages, namely, if you read it backwards, it still says the same thing. Choices are always good.
  15. Thinking about your life in a fast lane in every moment you are awake is not unique to Alonso. The article is to certain degree redundant. Such state of mind has been confirmed and re-confirmed by many drivers before. I still think that three race weekends in succession is a burden for teams, racers, and perhaps not too liking of fans as well, but long gaps between races is also no good, because then we come across all kind of articles such as this one is. Proper news cycle is 1.5 days (said an expert). When news became business, and broadcast never stops as we have it today, then we get opinions and trash as fillers for absence of newsworthy material. No wonder people distrust CNN and similar outlets. F1 should learn from mistakes of others.
  16. This issue has been confirmed by former staff. What is kinda misplaced is the never-ending trust by his fans in all good and beautiful around this driver, despite various reports how divisive, and difficult it is to work with him. Even Hamilton touched on the same issues when asked why he never wants to be Alonso's teammate again. People should do little more research.
  17. Sebastian, if he wants to continue and have a seat offered, he doesn't need me to tell him that he has to get ahead. Whether that is possible at all is a good question. Defeatist comments heard from him and Otmar Szafnauer are rather suggestive that AM will probably drop this season and focus on tommoorrow. Car cannot be fixed for getting into top 5. What will happen with Vettel remains to be seen, but it doesn't look good.
  18. That's your opinion, and nothing more. Brits are masters on developing new rules in the middle of loosing a game. Not everyone cares what he (or him alike) has done outside of F1. Manipulative and artificial rules: - must win against teammate - must win with a weak car from back of the grid - must win with a weak team - must this or that, etc. All BS. (My apology). 1. We play according to FiA rules, and not according to some artificial rules, set usually with aim to defame (put down) a driver. None of the above are rules mandated to the grid. 2. There is a scoreboard to tell us who is where. We do not need Brundle's or anyone else like him to tell us that. Comparisons between Hamilton and others, like Schumacher, stupid as those are, were mostly generated in UK. Some fans, self included, added then comments to remind overly enthusiastic Hamiltonians, what car he drives in a league of two cars. At the end, it doesn't really helps, morons do continue with their mantra, despite whole discussion is pointless, IMVHO.
  19. I think with that one we need Wes to assist us. I forgot earlier to thank Ruslan for suggestion to relocate thread from a racing section to Cafe, so I will do it now. We are lucky to have him.
  20. Date 2020.04.10 Time 7:53 (UTC) The thread has been moved from a racing section. Its purpose is, as the heading suggests, let you express on these pages what's on your mind (big thanks to Wes for allowing it). I have to thank everyone who has contributed in positive manner to earlier thread, and I have to apologies for not being able to transfer all posts. For the record, posts aren't deleted, just out of the way, so we stop adding to it. This was another thing, I could not "freeze it", but that's OK. We can carry on happily in here. I have to also thank to my partner Brad (a gentle fellow). Sakae @BradSpeedMan @Sakae
  21. Did you quite from the forum?

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