I'd be interested to know why you moved from being an Alonso fan to a Vettel one, purely because it's quite an unusual support transfer. I know quite a lot of Raikkonen fans switched to Vettel when the former left the sport in 09 (and now support them both) but until this point I hadn't heard of either an Alonso or a Hamilton fan switching their allegiance to Vettel.
I moved from a Kimi/Alonso fan to a pure Kimi fan especially after the spy debacle to a pure Sebastian fan after 2010. Now that Kimi is back, I naturally still support him (but not as much as Sebastian). However, having once been his fan, I cannot bring myself to ever dislike Alonso. Hamilton is on my dislike list, though.
I'm trying to figure out why this matters. Do you think it is necessary for all race fans to agree about how good a certain driver is? If you (and the unnamed persons you allegedly speak for) need a few more years to figure things out, I don't see any problem with that. Take your time.
I am completely with bourbon on this point. Everyone has their own favourite drivers, why is there a need to have everyone agree that this or that driver is the best? I am perfectly okay with people rating Alonso or Hamilton highly. What I dislike is people putting down Sebastian's achievements. There is no need to say "I think so and so is better" and
tag on "because Sebastian is a lousy driver", especially when the latter is just not true.
So yeah, I agree with Marko, these comments are "funny". And not just the comparisons Alonso was making with himself and Hamilton v. Vettel. But also those regarding Newey because there was no answer to his frustrated whining. Newey isn't going to pack up and leave because Alonso's engineers are not as good. The RBR drivers are not going to go on strike until RBR stops attempting to out perform the rest of the teams. Alonso is making nonsensical declarations - "funny comments" - that are entirely pointless, create a bad feeling for his own team, and fail to impact the RBR drivers.
This is one of the main reasons I am no longer an Alonso fan. I started out in 2005 feeling that he, together with
Renault really challenged the 'natural order'. But then towards the end of 2006, Alonso started turning on Renault, claiming they no longer fuller supported him, wavering my support for him in turn. Then, after moving to McLaren, he totally betrayed their confidences during the spy scandal. I understand he might have felt cornered by Ron Dennis and his 'pet' Hamilton, but it just made me feel rather bad for the many engineers and mechanics lower down in the pecking order. And this is coming from someone who has never supported McLaren (and probably won't even in the future). Maybe this is because my first sport is football, and teamwork has always meant a lot to me (mia san familie), so I felt extra disappointed whenever Alonso said bad things about Ferrari (who happens to be a team I support). That is also why Sebastian's praise for his team always gains extra points in my book.
It is something about the way they race, their passion, their intensity and aura. Surely you might disagree, but even Montoya had something of that special feeling - and of course he has not won much at all.
Or maybe because these drivers are all a little hot headed? I understand it is solely your opinion, but I have always felt that Sebastian and Hamilton and Massa are more passionate with regards to racing as compared to Webber and Button and Alonso. Sure at their favoured races (i.e. Webber at Monaco or Alonso in Spain) they shine, but otherwise they make F1 feel more like a job. It is Sebastian's ridiculously joyful team radios, or Hamilton's almost agitated body language, or Massa's tears that make me feel like F1 is a sport - that there is passion behind the helmet. That said, I can understand if not everyone sees it.
Why shouldn't Hamilton and Alonso try for Webber's seat at RBR to prove themselves?
I am pretty sure they are trying for the Red Bull number 2 seat. Unsuccessfully.
As for rivalries, it will definitely spice things up and make both
drivers more memorable. However, just winning again and again will make a driver equally famous. I don't think Sebastian should go looking for one (and I doubt he will), but as it is a rivalry is already shaping up. After all, if Alonso continues to challenge and Sebastian continues winning, why shouldn't the Alonso-Vettel pair be a rivalry for our generation? If Sebastian solely dominates however, then it will become more like 2001-2004 where we remember Schumacher, with Hakkinen gradually fading into the background.