Can't believe my eyes when i read this.
Sure, Fred drove a fantastic year, he's an excellent driver and probably a better more complete and mature F1 driver than Seb is.
But sorry, as a person, i find him outright pathetic!
He's had his share of luck too this year, collecting points others weren't and should have.
I know he congratulated Seb waving his hands at thim during the parade lap after the race, but nowhere in any of the post race press conferences have i read one word of appraisal or recognition for Seb winning the WDC. Only blaming others for him not taking the crown. Only piling up feathers on his own hat.
Right, you can be proud. Fine.
He and Ferrari have been claiming all year long his/their car isn't the best.
Sure i don't think there's been any track where his car was the absolute best car to drive. (not even sure of that actually...)
But while early season they kept playing the media with the appearance that their car was a dog, he's been handed a lot of points by teams who perhaps had faster cars but where at that stage unreliable cars, and other teams like Lotus who had an excellent car but as a team simply didn't have the maturity to capitalise on their asset.
Yes, his car was not the best to have in qualifying. But it definitely was giving him one of the best starts of the grid due to a fantastic launch system. Fred often made better use of that than Massa did, credits to him, but my point is proven by Massa's starts often being excellent and above the rest of the field as well.
But of course it looks much more spectacular and 'heroic' to qualify 7th and earn 3 or 4 places on the first straight than starting say 2nd or 3rd and just keeping that position.
Then, race pace wise, with the exception of the two first races, his car has never been a dog at all. It wasn't the fastest, but so what? It was still the AT LEAST the 3rd or 4th fastest on pretty much every circuit (again, maybe not showing in qually, but definitely more 3rd or 2ns fastest race pace wise). So in a season where other "faster" teams are piling up mistakes and and have reliability issues, it's mathematically perfectly normal to end up with a massive points advantage by mid season. He kept the car on track, fine, great stuff, but i wouldn't expect anything else from a top driver who'se been in the sport for 5 more seasons than his main competitor.
"The championship was lost when [Romain] Grosjean flew over my head [at Spa] or when Vettel surprisingly only got a reprimand after qualifying in Japan."
How tacky is that??
This is F1 baby, it's happening all the time and in all directions, just like things have been going your direction many times in the past as well. Get over it, and instead of whining about those two instances, just wonder why you haven't won any more races once the other faster teams finally had their act together.
Back in 2006 i met again with an old spanish friend of mine, from Madrid, who'se name happens to be Alonso as well (not relevant, nothing extraordinary as well). I laughed and joked about his name and his achievements in F1 and the man immediately interrupted me explaining how Fernando Alonso happens to be so disliked in Spain among middle and higher class people, and how pretty much all of his fanbase is to be found within the lower class ignorant mass population. He explained how he's reputed for his enormous ego, his bad character, scupleless antics, and his constant spoiled-kid-whining about injustice when things are not going totally his way.
Great driver, i have actually not the slightest of issues to recognise he might be the very best of the moment, but man, what a turd he is personality wise.
Actually, if there's one guy, which i don't particularly like as well because i think he's just as spoiled and a childish whiner as well, it's Lewis. Without the McLaren mess-ups, he's the one that should have been WDC this year, and no one else. And he's the one who'se been done the most 'injustice' if we look at it from Mr Alonso's perspective and meaning of the word.
No i'm not a Vettel fan. I'm a Kimi fan since he's been around. And yes it seems these two happen to get along well, but that hasn't got any influence on me being glad it's Vettel who took the title rather than Fred. Actually the latter owes that just to himself and his sorry sad personality. Beyond that, Vettel leaves me cold and indifferent. Hat's off to him and RBR though, for pulling it off.
I realise this post won't do my popularity any good, but that's not what i'm here for anyway.
Enjoy Winter, keep up the good work, and see you back in March in Melbourne.
EDIT: I want to stress, (though no one cares i admit), that by no means my intention is to minimalise Alonso's achievement as an F1 pilot this year! It's just his comments and mass manipulation that in my humble and irrelevant opinion are off but seem to work pretty well with many of you.
Edited by denthierry, 26 November 2012 - 09:09.