I watched the replay of the start from Alonso's onboard. He reacted even quicker than Vettel did, but was losing ground almost immediately. But somehow Button got the better start. Perhaps McLaren have a better start system than Ferrari. It's not unusual that one team has better start system than another. For a while the Red Bulls' starts were shit until they sorted it out.
Perhaps. But it would be nice if you referred to it in your summaries.
Anyway, consider your own point. Vettel with a poorer reaction time than Alonso (according to you), managed to keep a McLaren behind while Alonso couldn't. There are many parameters in a start including how one drops the clutch, controls wheel spin, etc. It's a tad suspicious that you immediately blame the car and don't bring up this potential mistake from Alonso in your posts at all. Sure, it could be the car or Alonso's mistake, we don't know that. But you can't just gloss over it in your posts.
It was the
most crucial aspect of how the race proceeded to unfold. Ferrari would never have been placed in the position they were if Fernando hadn't lost the place at the start. Yet I'm sure you'll continue glossing over this.
EDIT: To be clear, I'm just referring to this post of yours:
People who claimed Alonso choked have no clue about F1. Maybe they are just being deliberately idiotic. He soaked up the pressure and put the car 3rd on the grid. The team made a bad strategic call under the most stressful of situation, but Alonso didn't choke. Did he have an input on the decision? Maybe, maybe not. Bear in mind he doesn't have all the data available like the strategists at the pitwall do. He didn't know how many cars have pitted, he didn't know how many seconds they were in front of him and whether he would emerge in front or behind them after stopping. In a clear cut situation like Japan 08 for example, he thought he could jump Kubica by pitting early because that situation wasn't as complex as this one. Sometimes a driver makes the decision but most other times the strategists do.
But there's no point putting blame. It was a team mistake. It was anything but Alonso choking. Those that claim he did so can continue embarrassing themselves if that makes them happy. Alonso fans will continue to believe in him.
Anyways, congratulations to Vettel and Red Bull. Can't say they don't deserve it, so well done!
I think you could have been more objective, that's all. Otherwise you seem to have a pretty balanced view and I have no other beef with you.
Edited by boldhakka, 15 November 2010 - 04:59.