Alonso is putting the Ferrari exactly where a Ferrari can be put because:
1. He is an incredibly talented 2-times world champ with lots of experience, who can read races very well.
2. He has a very competent rece engineer and pit crew behind him.
3. Ferrari has practically bulletproof reliability, a fact often overlooked. The team's only DNF is Kimi's in GB. No brake failures, no random MGU failures on both cars for half races, no bonfires during qualy.
He will always be there when others mess up strategy, make errors or their cars break down. This is IMHO his greatest strength.
This "overperforming the car" has been making me mad ever since people started to use it ad nauseam since Kubica. It's the same "Kimi is unmotivated", "Lewis should concentrate on racing", "Fernando crumbles under championship pressure" bullshit parroted by the press and pundits.
Somebody please explain what else could Hulkenberg do with a fricking Force India at his disposal? 69 points, 10 consecutive points finishes, 7th in the standings seems a job well done to me.
Perez has a podium this year, Hulkenberg has 0.
Another favorite of mine. So what? Do you think Force India is better off with having a podium than with Nico's +40 points?