This mistake prone version of Alonso is not one im used to seeing. 2004,5,6,7 and even 2008 (esp 2nd half) he drove very very consistently. 2009 I didnt notice, but thats because the renault was such crap I didnt pay attention much (even then he stuck it on pole at hungary and podiumed at singapore)
But whats happened to him? Italian/Spanish media expectations getting to him? It's not his teammate, he's got Massa comfortably covered. Is it the weight of Ferrari, the fact that they bought/pushed out Kimi for this guy and he's doing arguably no better with a front running car?Australia
- crashed into Button at T1, ended up last. fought back to 4th. (Couldve been much higher, wasn't due to t1 incident)China-
Jumped the start, got a drive through, fought back to 4th (nobodies fault but his own)Monaco-
Put himself out of qualifying by smashing his car in practice, (Nobodies fault but his own)Turkey-
Didnt get thru to q3, lost it all under braking at the end of the back straight, his teammate clearly showing it was in top 8 based on Q pace. (nobodies fault but his own)Canada-
Not once, but TWICE he got passed by McLarens because he got caught napping behind backmarkers. (Nobodies fault but his OWN)Valencia-
Lost focus fuming about other teams when, as his race engineer told him, he shouldve been "calm & wise" & "needed to look towards himself" but instead got passed by Kobayashi at the end. Yes, KK had better tires, But for a driver of Fernandos skill, he had no business being passed by a Sauber on a track that is basically impossible to pass at. Nobodies fault but his own.Silverstone-
Piss poor start (I don't buy the clutch fault problem bs, based on his onboard he got a bad start by putting too much right foot in it) I heard gobs of wheelspin, just like Vettel. Hit his teammate going into the maggots/becketts complex. Passes Kubica off track, Should have the mental acuity to KNOW that he shouldve given the place back straight away and tried again 2+ corners later, but didnt. He was going to pass Kubica anyway! Got a drive through, tried to fight back, went off the road, ended up 15th.
There's a few races where he didnt deliver that were not his fault, for instance Malaysia wasnt his fault, he drove beautifully while having a wicked gearbox problem, and even passed Jenson with an ailing car, but, All in all, This is NOT the Fernando Alonso I've watched over the last few years. Something is different about him now. His inconsistency is abnormal based on previous performance. If he ain't on the podium come Hockenheim in too weeks and the red bulls/McLarens are, He's done for as far as this years WDC is concerned. A real shame if you ask me. There are times when you can't help but be impressed by Fernando, but this year i'm not getting that same vibe. All these mistakes do not add up to winning a championship come years end. Thats for sure.
Edited by TurboF1, 12 July 2010 - 04:35.