I also have to remark on the differences in performance between Alonso and Massa, before and after Hockenheim 2010.
Before the team orders when both had equal status Massa not only led the WDC at one point but also the race, while Alonso had made a series of errors up until Silverstone the race before.
After the team orders and with the team fully behind him Alonso than put in a stellar second half to come from 40 points behind and almost clinch the world championship (Spa aside), while Massa spiralled into mediocrity.
Makes you think.
First, Alonso didn't make "a series" of errors. I count 3: the jump start, crash in Monaco free practice and the move on Kubica in Silverstone, the latter already being a bit of a stretch to count as a full blown mistake.
Second, yes Massa was ahead of him a few times, but even in that period he never was able to drive away from Alonso in the race, instead he usually held Alonso up, fighting like I've hardly seen Massa fight anyone else. Curisously the only time Massa really had a better all-round weekend than Alonso came in Spa, at a time Alonso was already de-facto no.1 and Massa, by common wisdom of this board, already a broken man courtesy of Hockenheim.
So that one doesn't fit the theory at all, I'm afraid.
And finally, everyone conveniently ignores the most likely reason for Alonsos mediocre first half of 2010, namely how he had to adjust to a new team, car and working environment. Alonso himself is on record before the season warning not to expect him at 100 percent during the first races, and guess what he was right. A certain Jenson Button has frequently alluded to similar things, it's simply unreasonable for a driver changing teams to be at his best from the go (the odd early win notwithstanding). But of course such trivialities don't fit with theories of weak Alonso unable to compete with his teammates, so they are ignored like you just did. Go figure.
Anyway I trust you'll remember things like acclimatisation phases and learning curves of integration, once Hamilton has changed teams one day.
Edited by as65p, 14 August 2012 - 19:07.