Alonso Doesn't Consider Button a Title Rival
I'll await the comments on how this was any different. Oh in fact, it is. Because unlike Jenson, Fernando actually personally aimed for Jenson, not the strength of his car.
You won't get that argument from me! Button makes a veiled attempt to be subtle, but they are BOTH taking jabs at each other. Probably dates back to their Renault days, when Jenson was dumped for the "test driver" who is now regarded as arguably the best driver in the sport. I believe Fernando is more direct in his dismissive remarks -- to both Jenson and Vettel, of whom he said earlier this year that he rates Lewis above him because he has raced and won from the midfield in subpar equipment. Something Vettel hasn't done. Button has also said he'd like to race in the same team as Alonso, but volunteered that Fernando is not the fastest driver and was "sure"
they'd be enemies. Of that, I have no doubt! I'm no psychiatrist, but there is probably more than just a little coincidence in Button couching almost all of his remarks about Alonso's Valencia race in the negative: 1)He doesn't get
all the praise being heaped on Alonso. "It's quite strange." (we'll accept his denial of the @rse kissing comment), Pundits the world over are lauding the performance as extrordinary, but Jenson is befuddled as to why.
; 2)Alonso only won his home GP because things "fell into place", as if he hadn't raced his way to the front; 3)"Sometimes you make those moves...you end up in a wall", But they DID come off because they were sublime! Alonso is an aggressive racer, but isn't known as a crasher. If anything, he's more cautious because he's a Master of the long game, so won't crash into an HRT, for example; 4)"Was his performance scary? No..." Again, a guy drives from 11th to 1st in a car with equal or slower pace to the ones in front, with only 1 dropping out, seems a pretty scary performance to me!
; "He's really got his team behind him.", Erm...and Jenson doesn't, or is he telegraphing something to us about his standing in Woking?; "When you race against him and beat him, it feels special.", Fair enough...but how about when you race against him and he beats the living daylights out of YOU
...in a car most observers consider inferior to the one you are driving?
I suppose I might be annoyed by the reality of the situation...especially when the guy I said "is not the worry" is now on his THIRD TURN leading the WDC, and this time by almost a race distance.
To be clear, it doesn't surprise or really bother me about Jense's comments. He's trying to get in Alonso's head (to me), and Fernando's comments have the same intended effect. Just my opinion, and I could very well be wrong, but I've laid out my argument. What makes me chuckle a bit are those who are so dismissive of others with an opposite view, without allowing for the possibilty that that view might be the correct one. THERE IS NO WAY TO PROVE THIS! It's all down to ones interpretations of Jenson's remarks.
As to RBR's pace...let's see what updates the teams like McLaren, Ferrari and Lotus bring this weekend before we go telling them to make more space in the trophy case.