Alonso drove a good 2004 season, although, Trulli had the better of their common points of time, but Briatore knew that Alonso has the future promise so he invested in Spanish. Trulli joined his friend Gascoyne Toyota team which was good for his decision after Flavio had landed with the manager of the contract.
I agree with you
What happened between Alonso and Trulli in 2004 reminds me of what happened between Vettel and Webber in 2010. Both Alonso and Vettel made some stupid mistakes and suffered more reliability problems than their experienced teammates, who were usually driving at their best, although I’d say Alonso’s main problem in 2004 (first half of the season) were his poor qualifyings in some GP’s because he was almost always faster than Trulli in the races if you look at the laptimes
. In fact, Webber was closer to Vettel in terms of overall race pace than Trulli to Alonso..
Despite the fact that Trulli and Webber were making a better job than Alonso and Vettel in the first half of the season IMO, Alonso’s aggressive style and race pace showed to many people (Team bosses, F1 Fans and the Media) that the guy had A LOT potential, just like Vettel whose raw speed showed that there was more to come from him.
When the season progressed and Alonso and Vettel calmed down and started maximize their results, Trulli and Webber started to be beaten again and again…
Some people will say that Renault and Red Bull were favoring Alonso and Vettel which I don't deny at all, I just think the F1 Teams aren’t fools and know well that, in the long term, that young driver with clear potential and plenty of room for improvement has more chances to deliver better results (i.e: race wins and titles) than his teammate who is at his peak.
Edited by AlanWake, 24 May 2011 - 21:03.