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#14051 dreamerBiH

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 14:01

Good race, we are back. Strategy was not the best, but it's ok. We are back on top and that is what counts!

We are back in game, baby!

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#14052 seahawk

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 14:04

Another faultless drive. This year Alonso is the top driver in the field for me. Consistent, cool fast and all this on a car that seems to be realyl bad, if you look at his team mate.

#14053 ferrarijon123

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 14:04

How is Alonso managing to lead the championship after 5 races with that car? He's a genious after looking at what Massa's doing :clap: :clap:

#14054 LH08WDC

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 14:07

Championship leader once again. Well done Fernando.

#14055 kosmos

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 14:55

Class act, not only as a driver but as a person :up:

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#14056 RedOne

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 15:02

Class act, not only as a driver but as a person :up:

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Indeed :up: :up:

#14057 kosmos

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 16:13

Fernando Alonso ‏ @alo_oficial
We are half a million on Twitter!!! After only 2 months (63 days exactly ..)! 500,000 thanks! More surprises will come ..;))


Another fun fact, only two drivers scored points in every race so far, one of them is Fernando. :)




#14058 AdHoc

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 16:18

17th consecutive race in the points, Schumacher's record of 24 isn't far away anymore.

http://www.statsf1.c...consecutif.aspx

Edited by AdHoc, 13 May 2012 - 16:20.


#14059 ivey

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 16:23

Alonso is a class act, is a dog of a car and leading the championship :D. From now on Ferrari should be pretty strong, which means that the title could be be decided between 5 drivers or so :o

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#14060 toxicfusion

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 16:27

17th consecutive race in the points, Schumacher's record of 24 isn't far away anymore.

http://www.statsf1.c...consecutif.aspx


One issue with that, points for 9th and 10th helped Alonso, particularly with the 9th in China :p

Just getting that over with ;)

#14061 CrucialXtreme

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 16:34

Fernando is one of only two drivers to finish in the points every race this year. :up:

#14062 PoleMan

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 16:36

Well done, Fernando you BEAUTY! :cool: :cool: :cool:

Joint-lead in the championship after 5 grands prix. Who would have believed that?? :rotfl:

Down to your absolute brilliance and the "never say die" spirit of Ferrari! You now have a car to properly fight for the championship, with more updates coming in the next few races! Go get 'em! :clap:

#14063 joshb

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 16:40

Gotta take my hat off to him again, head and shoulders best driver this year so far. Please ferrari car, stay $hit! :)
or it may get done quickly

#14064 topical

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 16:44

With the form book all over the place this year, consistency is more important than ever, and Alonso almost always makes the best of his situation.

People rushing to make him favourite for the title are being very premature, but it does at least look like he will be in the fight, at this stage that's very positive!

#14065 SirRacer

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 16:58

If Alonso keeps this level he is sure going to be a legend, if he already isn't

#14066 George Costanza

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 17:19

Alonso truly is the best driver on the grid. nothing needs to be said.

#14067 puxanando

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 17:23

If Alonso keeps this level he is sure going to be a legend, if he already isn't


:up: Good job Alonso! Fighting for championchip!


#14068 radosav

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 17:35

One issue with that, points for 9th and 10th helped Alonso, particularly with the 9th in China :p

Just getting that over with ;)

yes, and ferrari dream team helped schumi, so ...

#14069 justin14100

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 17:39

I get more and more impressed by this guy every weekend.

#14070 jrg19

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 17:41

Fernando is one of only two drivers to finish in the points every race this year. :up:


Who's the other driver?

#14071 ferrarijon123

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 17:43

Who's the other driver?

Isnt it Hamilton?

#14072 velgajski1

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 17:43

Alonso is stellar this season! Btw, 3 top drivers in WDC are Alonso, Vettel and Hamilton - anyone still wants to call this 'random F1'? :)

#14073 Watkins74

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 17:43

Isnt it Hamilton?

He knew that.  ;)

#14074 jrg19

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 17:44

I wasn't sure but can't expect much less from the top two guys in F1.

Edited by jrg19, 13 May 2012 - 19:52.


#14075 GlenP

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 19:45

I agree - number one in F1, by a stretch. Brilliant drive.

#14076 jj2728

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 19:46

I gotta say that Alonso has been driving his ass off in that car.

#14077 F1ultimate

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 19:47

Brilliant drive by Alonso. He kept it together and extracted maximum performance out of the car. What more is there to say??

#14078 GlenP

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 19:50

Ferrari 63 points. 61 from Alonso. That's unreal. If you put that in a film script no-one would believe it.

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 20:13

Ferrari 63 points. 61 from Alonso. That's unreal. If you put that in a film script no-one would believe it.


It´s incredible. Last time we saw something like this was Nico and Nakajima. Massa is seriously struggling.

Alonso is the driver of the season so far.

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#14080 Arry2k

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 20:35

Pretty pleased with today's result - if someone had told me on Friday that we would finish on the podium I would have thought they had gone mental, but here we are, and joint 1st in the WDC. Lets hope for a strong result in Monaco and continued improvement with the upgrades in Canada.

Today's result has renewed my sense of hope of Alonso mounting a serious challenge for the WDC, provided of course that Ferrari can continue to improve the F2012.

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 01:23

How is Alonso managing to lead the championship after 5 races with that car? He's a genious after looking at what Massa's doing :clap: :clap:


Alonso did a good race today. I hope the team can go on improving the car continuously for the remainder of the season. And as an Alonso fan, I find myself defending Massa for the last couple of races, but having given the drive through makes it look worse than it really is. I wish he would keep closer to Alonso on the race weekends though.

#14082 SirRacer

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 06:01

Button: Alonso is not a worry (27th March 2012)


1.5 months later:

2 Fernando Alonso Spanish Ferrari 61
6 Jenson Button British McLaren-Mercedes 45


Fernando teaching Button a lesson there, never underestimate him :up:

Edited by SirRacer, 14 May 2012 - 06:03.


#14083 Cesc

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 07:24

I would ike not too appear as a fanboy, but I think we don't really know how good Alonso currently is. The guy is leading the championship and his team mate has a finish average position of about 12th. Many people claim tht's because of Massa, not Alonso... but really, Alonso is a different era would be already considered one of the best of all time.

I don't remember any pairing in a top team where one of the drivers is capable of running, consistently, 1 second per lap faster than his team mate (and lapping him).

Button: Alonso is not a worry (27th March 2012)


1.5 months later:

2 Fernando Alonso Spanish Ferrari 61
6 Jenson Button British McLaren-Mercedes 45


Fernando teaching Button a lesson there, never underestimate him :up:


And yes, Button was naive there. How can you say that with only two races in the championship and saying that about Alonso, who, in one way or the other, in always there?

Edited by Cesc, 14 May 2012 - 07:25.


#14084 zk12

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 07:35

I would ike not too appear as a fanboy, but I think we don't really know how good Alonso currently is. The guy is leading the championship and his team mate has a finish average position of about 12th. Many people claim tht's because of Massa, not Alonso... but really, Alonso is a different era would be already considered one of the best of all time.

By many he is already considered as one of the best of all time. Even Niki Lauda is starting to praise him, one of the biggest critics of Alonso, and is constantly saying that Alonso is the best driver (maybe in few months he will add "of all time" to it).
I personally am very impressed by his driving and i cant remember a comparable act of skills. not even ms in his best days was comparable to him, especially in the days when ferrari was not that good.

#14085 puxanando

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 11:10

Alonso in trouble the few last laps.

"Then, with seven laps to go, I suddenly lost grip at the rear: I asked the team if something was broken because the handling of the car changed from one moment to the next, for no apparent reason," he added pointing out that his attack which allowed him to close in to within a second of the Williams was neutralised.

"I informed the team some corners after to check if everything is OK because maybe we lost some aerodynamic part of the front wing or under the floor or something," he explained. "So, from that point the last seven laps, it was monitoring the distance and the gap with Kimi (Raikkonen)."


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#14086 puxanando

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 08:36

Klien & Stewart says Alonso is the stand out driver this season

‎"Alonso has an inferior car," Klien explained, "but he uses every single little opportunity.
"He is the most complete driver who gets the most out of the package he has."


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#14087 cordell777

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 09:15

Klien & Stewart says Alonso is the stand out driver this season


+ Alonso has the car totally tailored to his wishes. This is where Massa's problems come from...

An LOL - everyone ignores this fact :lol:.


#14088 HPT

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 09:20

+ Alonso has the car totally tailored to his wishes. This is where Massa's problems come from...

An LOL - everyone ignores this fact :lol:.


So they were secretly tailoring the F10 to Alonso's liking by having him sneaking into Maranello in between his Renault driving duties? Cause 2010 was pretty much the same story.

#14089 Cesc

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 10:15

+ Alonso has the car totally tailored to his wishes. This is where Massa's problems come from...

An LOL - everyone ignores this fact :lol:.


Many people points out this fact but, would you be able to describe in which was the F2012 suits Alonso driving style more than Massa's? I can't really see it. This is kind of a topic sentence: "Ferrari works for Alonso, that's why Massa is underperforming" (which sounds to me like if Massa was driving a worse Ferrari or only in three wheels...) but there are very little facts to support that idea in terms of speed and race pace.

Edited by Cesc, 15 May 2012 - 10:17.


#14090 puxanando

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 11:09

Alonso - onboard - q3 - Montmelo

#14091 SirRacer

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 11:21

Alonso - onboard - q3 - Montmelo

Wow he is really fighting that car hard...

Awesome how he is still able to get a good laptime :up:

#14092 Frozen

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 11:40

Wow he is really fighting that car hard...

Awesome how he is still able to get a good laptime :up:


To me it really looks like a smooth and right on the edge lap... no mistakes, no corrections, but using every cm of the track, really awesome. To me it looks like even better lap than that of last year qualy which he said was a perfect lap. And it doesn't look that bad under traction, hopefully that's good news for Monaco!

#14093 SirRacer

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 11:45

To me it really looks like a smooth and right on the edge lap... no mistakes, no corrections, but using every cm of the track, really awesome. To me it looks like even better lap than that of last year qualy which he said was a perfect lap. And it doesn't look that bad under traction, hopefully that's good news for Monaco!

It must be me then, but I see him making little corrections in every corner.

Just watch any of last year's laps from Vettel and you will see what a smooth lap is...

#14094 4MEN

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 11:54

+ Alonso has the car totally tailored to his wishes. This is where Massa's problems come from...

An LOL - everyone ignores this fact :lol:.


So Alonso like dog cars :rolleyes:
And what do you expect? Making a car less Alonso-friendly so Massa can score say... 5 points?

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 11:58

Many people points out this fact but, would you be able to describe in which was the F2012 suits Alonso driving style more than Massa's? I can't really see it. This is kind of a topic sentence: "Ferrari works for Alonso, that's why Massa is underperforming" (which sounds to me like if Massa was driving a worse Ferrari or only in three wheels...) but there are very little facts to support that idea in terms of speed and race pace.


I think many here should "also" thank Ferrari pit crew if you look at what is happening to other teams and how many seconds they lose whenever they decide to pit, or outsmart themselves with stupid strategies(hello Lotus and McLaren).

Alonso has done so far what it is expected from a driver of his calibre, but he is making the difference because his team has been miles ahead(strategy, pit stop) compare to the rest this year and focused 110% on him..

Massa? Ferrari don't waste their time trying to "find" a solution to his balance issues and are looking for the performance. McLaren is doing the exact opposite to please both drivers and IMO they are wasting their time.

Good job Fernando :up: If he(and the team) continue like this, he could win the WDC.

Edited by revlec, 15 May 2012 - 12:00.


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Posted 15 May 2012 - 11:59

That lap of Alonso's looked quite smooth to me as well. Agreed it is not quite on the same level as some of Vettels laps last year but that was in the RB7 with the blown diffuser.

I saw some of Maldonado's q2 lap I think it was and that looked a lot more wild and yet he still got a great time in that session.

#14097 kosmos

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 12:15

Ferrari don't waste their time trying to "find" a solution to his balance issues...


I think it's just the opposite they are helping him as much as they can, the fact that he can't get the results is more than anything all on him and also a little bad luck.

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 12:27

I think it's just the opposite they are helping him as much as they can, the fact that he can't get the results is more than anything all on him and also a little bad luck.


I'm talking about the direction the team decide to take with the development. Or you want to suggest that they spend 50% of their time during Practice sessions to help MAS?

do you remember who got more days at the Mugello testing?

Edited by revlec, 15 May 2012 - 12:30.


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Posted 15 May 2012 - 12:28

It must be me then, but I see him making little corrections in every corner.

Just watch any of last year's laps from Vettel and you will see what a smooth lap is...

That's just about right, given his preference to oversteer and longer steering ratios. The car looked pretty solid, good acceleration out of the corners, etc - it's just you have to be really brave to get the most out of it, as opposed to a more refined packages, such as RB7 last year.

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 12:36

Could you imagine Alonso on the RB7? The superiority-boredom would be so huge that he might do mistakes like Senna in Monaco in '88