How do you know that Fernando didn't squeeze everything out in qualifying?
I do believe that Pat Fry alluded to it on the morning following the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Perhaps someone here can provide the details but when Fry - on the Monday following Abu Dhabi - suggested that Fernando wasn’t getting the best out of qualifying, Nando reportedly had a minor meltdown. It was reported it in the Latin languages media and forum members on Autosport.com picked up on it.
Alonso continued to down play the car's qualifying capability ["...the car is only capable of 8th..." or somesuch.]
But, then, Fry was proven to be right when Massa put the car higher up on the grid at Austin (only to be grid dropped) and Interlagos (where he was again the faster Ferrari driver and drove circles around Webber).
While the title uses an inappropriately emotive term, the question for this thread is nevertheless whether Alonso failed to perform to his best possible standard because the pressure got to him.
Yes. Looks like it. Especially in light of Pat Fry's observation. Lucky for the Englishman, Massa proved him right.
It's gotten to the point that no one is allowed to criticize Nando for some sort of fear of raising his ire or pissing him off.
Yet Ferrari have had no problem ditching drivers who've been far more successful: Schumacher, Prost, Lauda come to mind. Even with Raikkonen they were 3 for 6 in terms of World Championships.
Alonso's been there a full 3 seasons with Ferrari getting a huge lead start for 2010 when they stopped development on the F60 mid-way through 2009.
Yet there's been no championships and an extreme subjugation of the 2nd driver.
If Alonso doesn't deliver, Ferrari will ditch him because Spain and it's banks (like Santander) are going to go down the bail-out route and Santander won't be the be-all-end-all for Ferrari for ever.
I can see Ferrari dumping Alonso for Vettel sooner than 2016 if Nando fails to deliver and continues to undervalue the over-all quality of the Ferraris.
The other thing that is in poor order was Alonso blaming Kimi for Suzuka T1.
["...I don't know what Kimi's plan was for the first corner/Kimi should have lifted..." or somesuch]
Edited by RayInTorontoCanada, 28 December 2012 - 14:33.