No car is taken where it doesn't have the speed etc. to be in a race. If Alonso wins in a car, the car is capable of winning.
i understand. what is meant when someone says a driver won in a car which was not expected to do that, or which hasnt really the speed to do that. in that case intelligence and some bravery is needed. but what does that mean? it means a faster car should with the right strategy always (normally) win. and i am not talking about pit stop strategy.
i mean the strategy of a driver to read what is needed in what circumstances and to outwise the opponents.
e.g. monaco 2012: although alonso didnt won it and his car was not really the best, he showed what is possible with the right strategy. he didnt follow the front runners for the first ca. 20 laps, savings his tyres to have them at their best, when he needs them.
same goes for valencia. he didnt attack the force india drivers and maldonado in the beginning. he saved his tyres and did it at the end of the stint. and after the safety car, he knew that his only chance to overtake grosjean was right after the start, because lotus is better in tyre saving, and so he risked everything when it was needed.
just a comparison to hamilton: hamilton fought with alonso in silverstone in a situation where it was not needed, and so losing about 0.5-1 sec because of that. after his pitstop he coould have needed this one second. although maybe it didnt cost hamilton in the end anything. it could have. and he was not wise enough in that situation.
e.g. canada: although ferrari made in the end the wrong call: alonso was very clever in tyre saving true all of his stints and in the end of them he gained time on hamilton.
having said that. if the other drivers would have shown that much of racing intelligence, alonso wouldnt be leading right now in the WDC and maybe even wouldnt have a win in this season.
Edited by zk12, 15 July 2012 - 11:51.