The car was easily top 2 this weekend. Maybe what FA should ask for his birthday is to become a better qualifyer...
I'm getting tired of hearing this lazy line about Alonso being a rubbish qualifier. If I'm not mistaken, qualifying was more or less 50-50 between him and Hamilton in their year together, which is better than any other teammate has managed against Hamilton (yes, Hamilton was a rookie, but Alonso was new in the team, and look at how it took Hamilton quite a few races to adapt to a new team this year). He has destroyed Massa in their years together. Everyone says, oh, but Massa isn't the same driver he was before the accident. Well, we don't know that, maybe Alonso just makes him look bad.
What I'm saying is, maybe Alonso is getting close to the maximum out of the car in qualy and we just don't realise it? He messed up a bit yesterday, and I certainly wouldn't say he's quite the same league as Hamilton or Vettel on a Saturday, but this idea that his qualifying is somehow a big weak point doesn't wash with me. As long as he's ahead of his teammate, that's all that can be asked of him.
In any case, I hope he gets a more challenging teammate next year. Massa was poor again this weekend. Put him to head to head with Raikkonen and then we can return to this topic.
Meanwhile, on to Monza.