QUOTE (Eff1NZ @ Mar 26 2010, 18:28)
No . . . there's a fair point being raised by the ferrari fans.
This is not like the 60s and 70s when everyone is buddy-buddy (even then Stewart was already paranoid about drivers from other teams picking up tit bits of helpful information from conversations overheard). This is more like WAR . . . with the "sporting nature" taking more of a back stage.
The hospitality area is one where drivers/engineers could relax and maybe bring up points that come up on the spur of the moment . . . having to do with car set-up or performance. It would make one naturally nervous if someone where eavesdropping on their conversation. And especially someone obsessive like MS.
It's a legitimate beef.
You're a Ferrari fan? Since last year maybe!
MS is a legend for any serious Ferrari fan and this will never change.
Come on! . . . Is this the best that you can do?
Is English your primary language for purposes of communication? Do you even understand what is being discussed here? Or is being off topic a thing with you?
Firstly. I didn't say whether or not I was a Ferrari fan, now, did I? And that would be irrelevant to the point I was making. I was just stating that some Ferrari fans (presumably, of course, because otherwise why would they be concerned?) feel that MS should not frequent the ferrari hospitality suite during the race week-end. Rather than go off half-cocked on some ill-conceived diatribe as you and some of your "buddies" have done, I sought to understand if they (meaning, the dissenting fans) had a plausible reason for feeling that way.
I was offering up a reason why one might feel the way they did. Do people discuss work related topics over lunch outside of the confines of their office? The answer is obvious: Sure they do. Might the ferrari lunch room be such an area where a driver and his engineer/mechanic/manager might discuss work-related stuff over a quick bite? Sure it is.
It was reported that Alonso was irritated my MS's perpetual presence in the Ferrari hospitality suite. That may be a scurrilous lie. But suppose it isn't, is there a credible reason for him to feel that way? Certainly. I offered one up. Alonso might feel irritated by the fact that he has to be careful on what he says over lunch, let's suppose, for fear of someone from a rival team eavesdropping. He may feel that his teams hospitality suite should be a safe haven where he should not have to worry about such things.
I haven't said where I side on this issue. Namely, is it OK for MS to share lunch in the Ferrari lunch room? I was merely trying to show that there are argument for and arguments against. One has to weigh the factors and decide. the Ferrari management obviously balanced the factors and came down in favour of MS joining them for lunch, for now. But it doesn't make the opposing agrument less legitimate. Nor does it pay for people to be insensitive to the reasons why some may prefer that he stay away.
This is my last word on this topic.