Even though I thought Alonso acted disgracefully at Mclaren, ratting them out to pay a 100 million dollars when he lost to a rookie Lewis Hamilton, I would genuinely admit his skills behind the wheel this year, getting the Ferrari to second place in this years championship. But there is seriously some character flaw that he needs to work on.
As a Mclaren Fan since 2001 when I started watching F1, I believe that no driver is bigger that the time and that kind of nonsense would not be tolerated. I had seen Mika Hakkinen loose a championship because of a single race in 2001 and Kimi Raikkonen loose 2 championships (2003, 2005) because of reliability of the Mercedes engines and didn't hear any criticism, blaming the team, throwing tantrums. Vettel, though he acts childish sometimes, does not criticize his team and not command explicit team orders.
These and I see Alonso and Hamilton blaming the team when things don't got their way even though I believe Hamilton not request for team orders. Well about Schumacher, there is always a question about his dominance due to a clear No 1 driver policy.
Though team order have always been part of F1, there are situations where it can be applied and where they should not be applied and I believe that they should definitely not be applied when it shows the whole world that the second driver is a doormat right from the start of the championship when he has mathematical chances of winning the championship or at least few races and that's why I have not had issues with Mclaren, Redbull, Renault in the last decade whereas Ferrari did whatever it takes to win.
Ultimately, Mclaren, thought they think of Fernando Alonso as a great driver, had to let go of Fernando Alonso, since he was not sporting enough to shut the hell up and drive unlike many great drivers that had driven for them and thus the response.
Edited by Nevermind, 21 November 2012 - 10:47.