I am still in shock at the utter stupidity of Ferrari's strategy decision. Its the worst maybe in the history of the sport. Amazed to see some people trying to justify that strategy. Sheesh. I have seen some arguments that they were worried about the pace of the softs relative to Petrov and Rosberg, so their solution to possibly
losing position to them late in the race after a pitstop, was to pit immediately and guarantee
they lost position behind them.
Oh the stupidity. At least if they stayed out until late in the race and lost position (fantasy) Alonso would have had the advantage of a massive fresh tyre advantage which could have allowed him to overtake, Like koybashi at Valencia and Suzuka, but by pitting so early in blind panic (thats what it was) they forfeited that advantage and their only hope.
Amazing that they seemed oblivious to the fact that overtaking competitive cars on basically any track is impossible in normal conditions, yet they deliberately conceeded two vital positions because of a very very low chance of conceeding 3 later in the race which would have made no difference. 2 or 3 lost positions, even 1 meant they lost the world championship. It was proven last year and even in the gp2 that overtaking on that track was impossible, yet they thought Alonso could do it, against two cars with the best top speeds?
Just insanity. Only someone with half a brain or in a blind desperate panic would have chosen the strategy Ferrari did. Someone needs to pay, heads must roll because if someone is capable of such incompetence they can never be trusted again. I was so happy when Webber pitted so early because I knew he would be stuck in slower traffic and was no longer a threat to Alonso in free air at the front, so imagine my horror and pure bewilderment when I saw Alonso pitted and emerge stuck in traffic. I knew it was automatically over and it was. And those clowns get paid millions as race strategy professionals
No matter. a tragic loss, but Schumacher had a few of them before he reached the peak of his career and Alonso's career path has always had a striking similarity with Michaels. He will only get stronger and will win many more championships of he was able to all but win this one, despite being new to the team, only having equal second best car and making so many uncharacteristic mistakes earlier in the season. Ferrari will also start making quicker cars and understanding the regulations so things will only get better for Alonso.