Time to chime in, a skill of a driver is to maximize everything he can, currently the one on the grid who gets closest to this most of the time is Alonso.
I disagree wholeheartedly. It is off topic to state who it actually is, but it isn't Fernando Alonso.
Sure he's benefiting from outstanding Ferrari reliability, but a car that's a second a lap quicker is dogshit when it can only complete 20 of the 55 laps......
Agreed, but you realize you have moved on to an equipment issue. Above you were onto a driver issue.
If he is going to be referred to as an "inheritor" and there's little doubt in my mind that the instigators here intend that to be a negative term then maybe they should ask themselves why he can do it when their 'hero' cannot.
It's a massive asset to any driver in my book, and it encompasses what Alonso is about.... last year he gave Webber space at Eau Rouge, now if Webber later drops out they'd say "Oh look, FA gains again", in reality he'd have put himself in that position because he didn't fight and cause a crash earlier. There is always the time to "live to fight another day", look at yesterday and see how some drivers should have seen things going on and backed out much earlier.
A driver can be lucky, a driver can be good.... and you know what, a good driver can put himself in position to maximize his luck. That is what FA does, he's not the 1st, he's unlikely to be the last.
Right, back to driver issues. Poor driving aside, many top drivers do this, as you point out. And all of them, including Alonso (i.e., Valencia 2010), have brainfade moments in which they do not. So I do not feel that Alonso excels in this area over any other top driver, with the exception of having more experience than some. However of the current grid, there are two others, with experience equal to his, that do a much better job of "maximizing their luck" (risk management) on a consistent basis. For example, they would never pull a Suzuka 2012 start like Alonso did. Nobody is perfect at it - but two do come closer than Alonso, imo.
Alonso is right up there, but to me, he falls below another in terms of maximization, bascially because he still does not have a total handle on his occassional emotional zeal. I am not sure that is a bad thing - it may also be a strength at times that works well for him. So I am not saying he should change, merely that I disagree that he is the best maximizer of chance of the current grid, based on skill and experience.
Edited by bourbon, 05 November 2012 - 16:27.