Getting Out-Qualified & Out-Raced in treacherous conditions by Massa
, yes the same Massa that some out here called "sh!t for 3 years.... sure dispels some myths about who is the best Ferrari driver currently... and who is the best Formula 1 driver overall.
All of a sudden, it looks like Ferrari banked (Santander anyone) on the wrong horse.... who chokes when it matters the most:
2007- Leading the Championship over Kimi Raikkonen in equal cars going into Brazil. Kimi wins the race and the Championship. Choke No.1 by Alonso.
2010- Leading the Championship over Sebastian Vettel going into Abu Dhabi. Cannot overtake Petrov. Choke No.2.
2012- Leading the Championship over Sebastian Vettel by a massive 40 points with 7 races to go. Loses steam & performance to Massa in Austin & Brazil. Choke No. 3.
There is a very bad pattern
emerging here for Alonso. Other Ferrari drivers performance in recent Championship years (attention must be given to Win
2006- MSC was winning
the race, & most probably the championship until car trouble in Japan.
2007- Kimi Raikkonen needed to win
the race, and he promptly delivers maximum performance. Wins WDC because Mclaren drivers are not steely enough.
2008- Felipe Massa needed to win
the race, and he promptly delivers maximum performance. Loses WDC as Hamilton delivers what was needed by him.
All in all, Alonso fails to deliver in the final round. Not to be trusted if you have to bet your house on it. Iceman, Massa & Vettel have shown to perform at optimum level when the pressure is applied maximum. Maybe Alonso is not fit enough for sustained performance as Martin Brundle pointed out in Abu Dhabi. The observation by MB was that Kimi Raikkonen seemed to be way fitter in his comeback year than Alonso after Abu Dhabi race. Alonso needs to hit the gym more than he hits enter on twitter.
Alonso is a great driver, but I have a feeling Massa will be given more support starting next year @ Ferrari, so Alosno could be on the back foot and feel like the team is conspiring against him!! With good support, Massa will be leading Alonso in points by mid-season if given equal opportunity. But Alonso might thrash the whole field as well... so it's now 50-50 in Ferrari for next season.
Edited by BackOnTop, 27 November 2012 - 11:26.