Why I will never cheer for Fernando Alonso

Top driver, just don't ask me to follow him.

So, Fernando Alonso has joined Twitter. First of all, trust me when I say that I’m genuinely happy and excited for all the Ferrari and Alonso fans I know. This is something that’s been way overdue and after seeing Kobayashi-san join Twitter earlier this year, I can appreciate how exciting it is to see your hero become a part of the amazing worldwide community that Twitter has become. However, with that said, I have to be honest with you all. I’m not exactly thrilled about the prospect of Alonsomania running wild on my timeline over the coming season. In fact, I’m really not looking forward to it at all.

But why on Earth don’t you like Godnando, Geoff? He’s so amazing and brilliant and sexy and other superlatives!

Well, this is what I’m about to explain to you all. I should point out that I’m not trying to turn anyone off the guy, I am simply (as the blog title suggests) musing about my own reasons for disliking one of the most heavily supported drivers of all time.

Let’s set one thing straight before we get going, though. Fernando Alonso is one of the best drivers in the world. There is no doubt about that. Before Vettel went Super Saiyan over the winter of 2010-11 and totally obliterated the most talented grid of all time last season, I agreed with many observers that Alonso was undisputedly the best driver in the sport. There’s no doubting his ability in the dry, in the wet, in a race-winning car or a no-hoper and I would genuinely be surprised if he ends his career as just a double world champion. But there are a few occurances over the last few years that have caused me to lose a lot of respect for Fernando Alonso, and I feel it’s only right that I outline them for you all so you know I’m not just being a blind fanboy.

1) The Doornbos Incident
On September 25th 2005, Fernando Alonso crossed a small black and white line in Interlagos, Brazil for the 71st time and in that instant became immortalised as Spain’s first ever Formula 1 world champion. I remember watching that race, thousands of kilometres away in a  living room in Dorset and applauding him. As in, actually putting my hands together in respect for the youngest ever world champion, as pointless as that sounds. Finally, a new, exciting young world champion had arrived to dethrone the mighty Schumacher after five consecutive seasons. It was a great moment, and I couldn’t have been happier for him.

Then came 2006. Under pressure from a resurgent Michael Schumacher who had won the previous three races in a row, Alonso arrived at the Hungaroring with his championship lead under threat and a seven-time world champion right behind him carrying some serious momentum. Then in practice, Alonso had one of his hot laps spoiled by Robert Doornbos who was carrying out Friday tester duties in his Red Bull. Rather than doing what any sensible racing driver would’ve done – remembering that it was only practice, maybe waving his hand at Doornbos in annoyance and then carrying on – Alonso decided to weave at Doornbos after passing him, before deliberately blocking him at the apex of the following corner. It was a silly, childish and, above all, dangerous thing for any driver to do – let alone a world champion. As a punishment, two seconds were added to each of Alonso’s fastest times for each qualifying session. It was this incident, the first of what would be many, that caused made me re-evaluate my opinion of Alonso the driver.

2) The McLaren year
After securing his second consecutive world title, Alonso joined McLaren alongside the exciting and inexperienced rookie and reigning GP2 champion Lewis Hamilton. Things started off well, with Fernando taking two wins in the first five Grands Prix. But then Fernando’s plucky young teammate won the very next race in Canada from pole, before snatching a second pole position start in succession the very next Saturday at Indianapolis. Lewis led the field away from the start, with his far more experienced team mate close behind. This shouldn’t really have been happening. A double world champion, being beaten fair and square by a rookie for the second race in a row. But then Alonso found some pace and began putting Lewis under pressure down the main straight heading into Turn 1. Hamilton held firm and showed he wasn’t going to give up his lead too easily. As the pair rounded the famous banking the next time by, Fernando did something that, sadly, was to become a trademark of his. He started moaning.

Sadly, this has become a familiar sight in F1.

He drove up to the pit wall and gesticulated in a way that could only be interpreted as ‘why aren’t you telling Lewis to let me through?’. Considering that it was the middle of the season, Lewis was leading the championship, was leading the race on merit and had defended his position the previous lap perfectly legitimately, it was hard to work out what possible reason Alonso had to feel that the team should force Lewis to move over for him. It smacked of ‘I can’t overtake him by myself, but because I’m Fernando Alonso, I shouldn’t have to’. Hamilton won the race, as he deserved to, but that incident set the tone for the childish, bitter conflict that was to undermine both of their seasons.

Flash-forward to Hungary. Still in the middle of the season, but with the team now entangled in the Spygate scandal, it was clear the relationship between the rookie Hamilton and his double-world champion teammate had begun to deteriorate. In the third session of qualifying, Alonso blew his first flying lap by running wide. Angry at what he thought was Hamilton ignoring team orders to let him through before their first lap, Alonso passed Lewis and pitted. With only two and a half minutes remaining, Alonso stopped in the box and was given fresh tyres while Lewis started queueing behind. With 1:48 remaining in the session, Fernando was given the signal to leave the pits for his final run. But he didn’t. He didn’t do anything. Instead, he just sat there. For 10 seconds. By the time he finally got going, he had just enough time to get around a start a new lap. By the time Lewis got new tyres and got out of the pitlane, he hadn’t. Lewis failed to make the line in time while Fernando duly took pole position.

Looking back, this was the critical moment where I lost the majority of my respect for Fernando Alonso. Not only was it another childish and stupid on-track action, it was deliberate sabotage. This was up there with Schumacher’s Rascasse fiasco and Piquet Jr’s deliberate crash at Singapore the following year as one of the worst examples of unsportsmanlike driving and cheating F1 has seen. Alonso was quite rightly criticised for it and was stripped of his pole position, but what angers me most about this incident is that – like Schumacher – Alonso fans are all too quick to forget or justify this embarrassing act of cheating by a man who really should not have had to stoop to such depths to beat a rookie team mate. It wasn’t the act of a champion or a truly admirable driver and it certainly wasn’t the act of someone who I would want to cheer and support.

3) New team, old habits.
After two barren but impressive seasons back at Renault  (albeit tainted slightly by the scandal at Singapore 2008) Fernando finally got his dream move to Ferrari. Now it’s well established that I’m not very keen on Ferrari, so having one of my least favourite drivers move to my least favourite team of all time only served to cemented my dislike of the pairing. However, Alonso made the most of his opportunity to fight at the front once again and took a memorable debut victory at the season opening Bahrain Grand Prix, emulating Mansell and Raikkonen. Then came Monaco.

Told you.

After a mistake in practice put him in the wall and his car out of qualifying, Alonso was faced with the unenviable task of having to start from the very back of the grid at the most difficult Grand Prix to overtake on in Formula 1. Left dicing with the HRTs and the Virgins after the start of the race, Fernando came up behind young Lucas di Grassi and discovered just how hard it is to overtake around Monte Carlo’s narrow streets – even with a more than significant car advantage.  After trying and failing to pass the Virgin and even though di Grassi had every right to be where he was and was defending his position in a perfectly legitimate manner, Alonso lost his temper again and started gesticulating to the young Brazilian as if to say ‘why don’t you move out of the way, I’m in a Ferrari?’. While Alonso eventually did pass di Grassi in a brilliant move, the arrogance he showed in getting angry at a fellow competitor for his own failure to pass him was another unfortunate example of Alonso’s sense of entitlement – something that goes against the very idea of racing and Formula 1.

While Monaco was just a forgettable incident, Hockenheim was, sadly, anything but. For the first time in a long time, the Ferraris were fighting for the lead with Massa heading his team mate exactly one year to the day of the accident that almost cost him his life in Hungary. In the middle stint, Alonso was faster than Massa and had closed right up to the Brazilian. Fernando tried a move, Felipe held firm and just like in Indianapolis all those years ago Alonso found himself running second to a team mate he just couldn’t seem to be able to pass. So what did he do? He did an Alonso, of course. Fernando went straight on the radio to Andrea and started hinting that he wanted them to force Massa to move over. And we all know what happened next. While this horrible mess was more an indictment on the team than it was on Fernando himself, the fact remains that the entire situation would never have happened if it weren’t for the fact that, once again, Fernando couldn’t pass someone by himself, spit the dummy about it and tried to get his team to do his job for him. For a double world champion who is supposedly the most ‘complete driver on the grid’, seeing him celebrate such a hollow victory in the knowledge that he had done nothing truly earn it was embarrassing. It was yet more evidence of Fernando’s childish manner and I honestly cannot find it in myself to take joy in seeing a driver who behaves in such a way be both victorious and so widely adored for being so.

The moment I realised how happy I was Vettel was champion.

And then we come to the final incident that has contributed to me steadily growing dislike of Fernando Alonso – Abu Dhabi 2010. We all know what happened in that race and so I don’t need to recap it for you, but once again it was yet another example of Alonso blaming someone else for his own inability to do his job as a RACING driver and RACE. Yes, it cost him the world championship, so of course he was angry. But that moment, that image of him waving his fists and riding up close to Petrov in an intimidatory manner after the end of the race will stay with me forever. Not because it made me angry, but because it provided me with an large sense of satisfaction in seeing a man who I see idolised by many despite all the evidence of his childish and arrogant character being well and truly humbled not just by a Russian pay-driver but by the newly crowned world champion. The man who took a championship that by every right was Alonso’s and then followed it up with the most dominating performance over a season we’ve seen since the early ’00s. The man who now has just as many driver’s championships as Fernando, who is infinitely more likable and equally skilled and is still dismissed by many Ferrari fanboys as being less than the Mighty Alonso just because he drives a Red Bull.

Again, Fernando Alonso is an amazing driver. It’s because he is so talented that it makes me so angry to see him resort to such silly behaviour sometimes. And he is by no means my least favourite driver. I have a long-standing dislike of Michael Schumacher that is even more intense than my dislike of Alonso for a number of reasons. But it is for all these incidents, all these silly, unfortunate examples of regrettable behaviour that I simply refuse to cheer for Fernando Alonso. I respect his abilities, I wish I could respect the driver.

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37 Responses to Why I will never cheer for Fernando Alonso

  1. I largely agree with you on why its hard to take Alonso as that “complete” driver, even though he is really good.

    But I think that in describing some of the incidents at McLaren you put too much an emphasis on Alonso’s antics and fail to note how Hamilton also did his part (sure, he was the young guy and not the one who should have known better, but still). In Hungary it was really a deliberate thing that Hamilton kept Alonso behind, against team agreements that sprung the incident, for example.

    I admit, that that episode for me not turned me off both drivers really, because both could have and should have acted differently.

  2. Well written post. While I will still cheer Alonso for doing a great job, just as I have come to appreciate a good race by Schumacher, I share most of your feelings (though apparently not the intensity then) about these two champions. Some say you have to be like that to be able to win two WDCs. I have seen Vettel being an ass too (Turkey 2010, and asking Web/team to “be wise” last year), so perhaps there’s someting in it, and yet. I hope it proves otherwise.

    By the way, in your evolution of MaG, shouldn’t there be the nose job added ;)

    • I have seen Vettel being an ass too (Turkey 2010, and asking Web/team to “be wise” last year)

      I think that in that position, most drivers would probably do the same though. I don’t like it and it annoys me, but it’s difficult to imagine what they’re thinking at 300kp/h with the adrenaline flowing and all of their brainpower and energy being put into driving on the limit.

  3. iamsa8 says:

    Good Article.. apart from the “Vettel being infinitely more likeable”.

    They both whine too much! Fernando during the race, and Vettel afterwards when he loses.

  4. I can forgive things like letting his frustration spill over in Abu Dhabi in 2010. He had just lost a world championship, after all, and like the rest of us he’s only human.

    But he has done some things that are harder to excuse. Hungary 2007 being one of them. No, Hamilton is not a saint either, and he certainly wasn’t on that occasion.

    However Alonso’s actions were not only unsporting but also utterly naive – how can he possibly have thought he wasn’t going to get a penalty for obstructing another driver in qualifying?

    I’m most interested that you don’t include the one thing which I particularly hold against Alonso. And that’s his total lack of contrition for the events at Singapore in 2008.

    No, I’m not saying he was responsible. Nor am I saying that he knew beforehand that his strategy of pitting unusually early was designed to benefit from a safety car interruption that would be caused by his team mate crashing on purpose.

    But even so, he was the prime beneficiary from a truly disgusting piece of cheating. This from a driver who had already won two world championships on merit including a quite superb performance throughout 2006 – one of the best I’ve ever seen.

    It was his 20th career win, he’s won seven more since them. I would have immensely more respect for him if one day he said: “I didn’t deserve that one. Piquet was told to rig the race and he should never have been put in that position.”

    I wrote as much at the time: Fernando Alonso should renounce his Singapore Grand Prix ‘win’

    For me, his failure to do so is a serious moral lapse on the part of a driver who, like you, I had previously held in great esteem.

  5. ed24f1 says:

    Yes, I agree with your view almost completely. I think that the point about his reactions to Singapore 2008 and Germany 2010 is highlighted by the hypocrisy of him calling F1 ‘not a sport’ after Italy 2006. It shows that he will basically twist anything to get his own way.

    Alonso does seem to be a very nice guy outside motorsport, by most accounts, unlike some others, so it seems he just personifies the F1 version of ‘white line fever’.

    • ed24f1 says:

      Although, having said that, his ‘white line’ seems to be generally psychological, as it’s not as though he’s guilty of driving into other championship contenders like Schumacher, Senna and Prost in the past.

  6. Reimon says:

    A most recommended piece of mind. Something really nicely written down which carries to reflection. All these philias and phobias that come with these so off the run-on-the-mill characters. I believe these people to have such a unique up-bringing in life that their characters are really complex, therefore their behaviour, on and off track.
    I consider them just drivers.

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  8. solidg46 says:

    Well I do agree those actions are not needed.
    But I understand in the heat of the action you start waving and do some of these things.
    But outside of the racing he seems a very nice person.
    Same with Schumacher. I really don’t like him as a driver. But I respect him as a person outside of F1. He’s friendly and a good man!
    They can’t all be like Button or Vettel tough. I love how approachable, friendly and funny they are!

  9. rfs says:

    Nice article. But is he so much worse than other world champions? Ayrton Senna had a similar sense of entitlement too. Nigel Mansell was known as a whinger, wasn’t he? Nelson Piquet Sr. was a bit of a d!ck as well. And even Vettel has his moments, like his finger-twirling after crashing with Webber at Turkey 2010, and here he is telling off a Pirelli employee after last year’s Belgian Grand Prix:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWkgG1lWkmk Michael Schumacher’s shenanigans are well documented too.

    Personally I think its just the super-ultra-mega-high level of competition in F1 that makes these drivers misbehave. They’re all so massively confident in their own ability that they might blame anyone but themselves whenever things don’t go their way. And sometimes it will get to the point where they’ll abandon all sense of morality and sportsmanship to win.

    Also, it should be noted that Alonso doesn’t consider F1 to be sport: http://en.espnf1.com/ferrari/motorsport/story/42303.html Maybe that explains his behaviour.

  10. Colin says:

    Guys, if most of us can’t manage a trip down to the shops without “waving our hands” at someone, why do we expect drivers in the heat of the most competitive battles of all of motorsport to be any different?

    Alonso is no different than any other F1 driver. I’ve seen them ALL do things like the actions described in this article, including the supposed “nice guys” like Massa or Barichello.

  11. Ajay Rodrigues says:

    Couldn’t agree with you more.
    As a young Alonso I started to admire him and truly supported him through early 2005.
    Strangely I too dislike Schumi and was hoping for Alonso to depose him, even though my favorite driver Kimi was losing out to him due to an unreliable McLaren.

    There was this one interview in 2005 from when I started to lose respect for him. A reporter asked Alonso what does he feel of the big points gap between him and Kimi which was largely due to 4 Mechanical retirements for Kimi from the lead, and on each of those occasions Alonso inherited the lead.
    This was no post race Adrenaline inspired response. Alonso actually justified that he too had a retirement in Canada (He made a mistake and crashed. not a car fault.) and so things were even. So insecure.

    He could have earned a lot of rep by just thanking his team for providing a reliable car, instead in so lame a manner he defended himself.

    I think the fact that he is the most Complete driver is an absolute myth. Agreed that he can get the most or outperform his car. But there are many others doing it. But Alonso seems to be over glorified with this Title and soon I start to see him lose it.

    His fans are a joke. They actually started a “Vitaly Petrov is an Idiot” page on Facebook. So his fans too think like him. so complete.

    I not for once believe he deserved the 2010 Title. 3 of the race wins he did not earn on merit. Germany as discussed, and Bahrain/Korea cause Vettel retired from the Lead.

    If anyone other than Vettel deserved it, it was Webber.
    But yes watching Alonso post race in Abu Dhabi was the highlight of the 2010 season for me.

    • Rits says:

      No. Its you here who looks more like an idiot. Just because some immature Alonso fans put up an anti-Petrov page on Facebook, does not mean Alonso is an idiot like them. When you hate someone, its easy to pick on certain things and base your judgement on it. If you think Alonso is over-glorified for his abilities, you need to stop watching F1..!

      I’m not a Alonso fan, but anyone who believes that he’s not the most complete driver on the grid, has no clue what they’re talking about.

      • Ajay Rodrigues says:

        The statement implied that his fans, just like him believe that he is entitled to a position rather than having to earn it. Stop commenting like a child.
        But then again you are one of those who believe that what they say is the most matter of fact thing in the world…
        There are more reasons to watch F1 than Alonso and i do not need a kid to tell me so..

        • Rits says:

          How do you know what he (or his fans) believe in? have you been inside their heads? Getting frustrated at someone for losing a world c’ship could make you do stupid things. How hard is that to understand?

          And don’t judge me.. I’ve been a F1 “kid” for over 15 years now.

          And when I said ‘you need to stop watching F1′, I meant ‘if you can’t see the abilities of someone like Alonso and think he’s over-glorified for it, you need to stop watching F1′.. It obviously is not limited to Alonso, but when you fail to see someone’s abilities like that, you should stop watching the sport as you clearly do not understand it at all.

          So, kid me no more!

          • Ajay Rodrigues says:

            Are you retarded?
            That is the whole point of this thread and why his fans created their little rant page…
            In my original reply i acknowledged Alonso and duely credited him…
            Continue to live in your bubble “15 yr old f1 kid”…
            I know and understand the sport for much longer…
            you may kindly continue your silly rant and keep kidding yourself…

  12. Balu says:

    Agree with most of the stuff posted here. 2007 was the tipping point for me too.
    However i do believe he seemed lot more mellowed down in 2011. Hardly any tantrums or whinging. Also like button, i believe alonso is driving lot better than before..

  13. mvi says:

    But, of course, one can take almost any experienced top driver and go back into history to find things they did wrong, where they showed a lack of judgement, showed immaturity, etc. What is interesting is that fans and anti-fans take it so personally, as if the driver had betrayed them. Drivers are just people – in the middle of situations which we the audience do not totally understand in their context, which we see in overview, making judgements corresponding to our own experience. E.g. someone raising their fist in the car is a pretty frequently seen sight and we project our own thoughts into how frustrated or angry the driver is and how justified he is in being so. Add to that, the drivers have to answer questions on the run, sometimes not perfectly understanding or figuring out the interviewer’s point, perhaps trying to get away quickly.

    These drivers also display sensational driving that keeps us coming back to watch more. And we watch, scrutinize their behaviour too, we come back to hear what they say and … love ‘em or hate ‘em ….

    • mincey808 says:

      This is the most sensible post here. Kudos to you, sir/madam.

      Objectivity would make people’s arguments stronger. But, this is lacking in almost everybody’s comments. You can go through the whole grid and find similar examples from nearly every driver (struggling to think of examples for Kimi + Heikki) doing things that Alonso is being criticized here for.

      Team orders? Always been prevalent in F1. Ferrari executed that move particularly badly in Germany – that was the only wrong doing there. Waving his fists? Big deal, what driver hasn’t? I was disappointed in his reaction to Petrov in ’10, but i could somewhat understand his frustrations, despite the Russian doing absolutely no wrong.

      Qualy at Hungary in ’07? Me, nor i assume, anyone else here, knows completely what went on behind the scenes that season at Mclaren. You can imagine what the atmosphere was like when it lead to Ron Dennis declare in China “We were racing Fernando”. Was still out of order and he deserved his penalty but everyone makes errors in judgement, don’t we?

      The Doornbos incident….. silly by Fernando. Another example of his Latin temperament getting the better of him. You think he’s the only driver to ever brake test someone though? Least he was courteous enough to do at the slowest corner on the track (tongue firmly in cheek here).

      Views on Singapore 08 will inevitably depend on whether you like Fernando. Those who don’t will say “I have no doubt he had a part to play in it and knew what was going on” those who do will say “Never in a million years would he do such a thing”. The truth, quite simply, is no one here knows. Alonso could be excused for thinking there was nothing untoward in Piquet’s crash, it’s not like it was an anomaly in his season. But seriously, we don’t know, so speculating on the subject is wasted time.

      For my money he is the best driver in F1 at the moment (Vettel is right behind him though) and ’11 showed, as others have mentioned, a somewhat calmer Alonso (not that he was a raving lunatic in the first place) which I’m sure is very welcome in Maranello at the moment! And, my final thought, if he didn’t show these outbursts of emotions/anger/passion, whatever you want to label them, i very much doubt he would be where he is now.

      • mvi says:

        Thanks for your kind words, mincey808. Very good and interesting posting yourself!

        About Singapore 2008, I’ve tried to put myself in the shoes of those who decided to stage the crash. I would think they would not have told Alonso as they would have wanted natural behaviour from him. But who knows?

  14. AnF1fan says:

    All the things mentioned above has just made Alonso and F1 even more popular…I wouldn’t like it otherwise…

  15. verstappen says:

    Ah, I had forgot about the Doornbos incident, although I do have a piece on my hard drive called Fernandoornbos. We still should finish that song one day, because it is full of good ideas…
    Thanks for the memories, Nice blog

  16. dennis says:

    I very much agree with this article. However, as mentioned in other comments, the Singapore 2008 incident deserved a mention as well.

    My personal starting point of dislike for Fernando however was in Suzuka 2006. I just don’t want to cheer for a driver who cheers at his opponets mechanical failure. He is a bad winner. And as Abu Dhabi 2010 showed, also a bad loser.

    • Ajay Rodrigues says:

      To add to what you said…
      If you refer to his interviews, especially in 2010 and 2011, he so often talks of how he hopes other drivers suffer car failures. Its a shame that a Top Driver would want to Win that way. So may of his wins have been that way that probably its normal for him…

      About the Singapore incident. Piquet Jr. crashed right in front of my eyes. it was a sight to see. :) and i cannot convince my self that the plan could have been so perfectly executed without Alonso’s knowledge. but then one is not guilty until proven.

      And its not his human side we wish to ignore is it.. ok Finger pointing/waiving can be cast aside… but there is obviously more than just the waiving… its all been discussed.

  17. Jess says:

    This man is the best that ever happened to F1…#justsaying
    And your ‘article’ is pure entertainment. Keep it coming, love some drama!

  18. Whatever says:

    I think you will be disappointed if you chose Vettel as the image of more fair racing.I had the same image for Schumacher as you and the same for Alonso and as a guy that sees things similarly i saw Vettel proving to slowly joining them so am surprised you don’t see it.

  19. Om Sammy says:

    I never put Alonso as my favorite driver in Formula One, Vettel? not in my list too they both …….ck!

  20. BOtham says:

    Anyone but the English-Sheep-Shaggers at McLaren.

  21. Rits says:

    Although I agree with most of what you feel, I’d say one thing – its impossible for us to know or judge a driver’s actions when they’re at the peak of their concentration, commitment and effort, both mentally and physically. Its not easy to read their behaviour under such high pressure and I think its unfair to judge them based on a few arm-waves or aggressive moves on track.

    There are more than a few famous drivers who have done such things, but that doesn’t make them any less of a champion. You despise Alonso but make no mention of the things Vettel has done in the past two seasons. You could paint Hamilton in similar colours after all the stupid things he’s done. You could paint any front-running driver in those colours. Look at how Vettel reacted to the incident between him and Karthikeyan yesterday, mark of a great double world champion? Not in the slightest. Whinging cry baby who always, instinctively, points the finger at the other guy. Why would you despise Alonso and hail Vettel at the same time?

    Not everyone is a Jenson Button or a Mark Webber. A few stupid actions are often dwarfed by what these great drivers have achieved in such a fiercely competitive environment under some of the most physically and mentally challenging situations in any sport.

    I used to despise Schumacher for all the reasons known, but, not any more. I realised how much he’s done for motorsport in his country and how he’s positively affected a whole generation of drivers there. He’s done a lot of good and I’m willing to let go of his controversial actions for the larger picture. And Alonso is not even close to how Schumacher was!

    I hate it when such things happen, but I can forgive and move on if the said driver does not make it a habit to do such things. Its quite convenient for us to be armchair critics but we can’t even begin to understand what those guys go through when they are inside the car and then outside. And lets not forget the simple fact that they are just human!

    And no, I do not think Alonso should have forfeited his Singapore 2008 trophy as he he was not involved, had no idea of it and did his absolute best to win it. He didn’t work any less to win it. It was not his fault and there is no reason he should give up a victory which he worked hard for. Although, a statement saying something like: “It was very wrong and makes that victory less valuable” would have been a nice gesture, but then, who knows what his terms were with the team and if he would have been allowed to make such a statement.

  22. Dennis Ryan says:

    You missed the bit where he tried to blackmail Ron Dennis during the spying scandal. I would have sacked him on the spot.

  23. Kingshark says:

    Jeez, Magnificent Geoffrey, I don’t know where to start. I do understand to why you might not like Fernando Alonso, however, you final statement about Vettel being infinitely times more likable is delusional. Whining about DRS when he is overtaken, having Toro Rosso drivers as his slaves, whining when he’s not winning, whining when he doesn’t have the fastest car. Did I mention whining? On top of that, he’s also much more dirty than Alonso on track. There are various examples of him chopping, weaving and cutting people off the road.

  24. seb v says:

    I could not agree more with your article my friend, I too have despised Alonso for many years, perhaps longer back than you I can remember his antics in 2006 when he wined in Monza “F1 is not a sport anymore” and then his glee at rubbing his 2nd world title that year in Schumacher’s face, mocking Schumi’s celebrations. more so than anything lately is his incredible cock eyed outlook on when he has “bad luck” and how it will happen to the others, he has whined and whined about DNF’s in Spa and Japan last season costing him the title when he so conveniently forgot Vettel’s DNF’s in Valencia and Italy – something that Alonso, Ferrari and many media outlets seemed to make, it made me sick all the fawning over how poor Fernando deserved the 2012 title driving in such a poor car when the Red Bull had struggled so terribly in the first 12 races of the year (Vettel had 1 win) and Alonso had a 50 point lead. anyway, I am so glad and thankful for Vettel, he is now so far on top in puting this cry baby in his place and stopping him adding to his world titles, I actually have doubts Alonso will ever win another world title, thank goodness as he does not deserve any more.

  25. Udm7 says:

    On a personal point of view, you are correct for not cheering for Alonso, and this is coming from an Alonso fan.
    However, on a similar note you should never cheer for Lewis Seb and Michael either.

    But i guess your own personal favourite matters.

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