Post by Sir Tim Post by Mark Jackson Post by Sir Tim Post by Mark Jackson
Post by Sir Tim
Interesting article, thanks.
I'm not really sure Alonso's decision really gave his fellow F1
drivers "fits", although the writer is probably correct in implying
that "snooty" F1 finds it difficult to understand why he would
choose to miss the most prestigious race on its calendar in favour
of the "brash" American event.
Of course this is to overlook the fact that Alonso is in what is
probably a unique position: he is wealthy beyond the dreams of
avarice; despite being acknowledged as still one of the best
drivers in the world he doesn't have a hope in hell of winning at
Monaco (or possibly even finishing); he has a team and sponsor who
are prepared to let him do it (probably helps that he is using a
Honda engine at Indy). No other driver would be in a position to
miss Monaco even if they wanted to.
Not sure it will help his chances of a decent F1 drive next year though.
You seems to suggest it may hurt him and I don't see why.
Many team bosses, and others in F1, seem to consider that it is the
premier form of motorsport and that any driver fortunate enough to
have an F1 seat is somehow being disloyal (or "unprofessional in
Massa's words) if he even considers driving in any other series. This
is likely to militate against Alonso, especially if he wins or does
really well at Indy and gets "the bug". Teams don't like drivers whom
they feel are not totally committed.
Yet I feel like this was initiated by McLaren to keep Alonso commited to
them. As in 'we're not competitive right now so why don't you go take a shot
at Indy (on our dime) while we get it sorted'? An acknowledgement of how
important it is to McLaren to keep Alonso and keep him happy.
Post by Sir Tim Post by Mark Jackson
Whats the point in sitting out most of the free practice time
waiting for the Honda guy to close the oil leakages with chewing gum
and ducttape? What is the point doing half a race fighting for 12 th
place and then have to slow down to save fuel IF that Honda thing
haven't give up YET.
Next year McLaren says it will continue with Honda so Mclaren will
NOT have a usable PU. To make honda produce anything usable they
need someone with a couple of functioning brain cells but they have
replaced them all with incompetent clueless managers.
So Alfonzie has to find another team and there are not that many
teams able to win AND need a new driver at the same time.
Doesn't look good if you ask me.
That's what I was trying to suggest.
I think that McLaren realise this too and know that the biggest threat to
them losing their 2 x WDC is him leaving F1 - not getting a seat with
another team. So they're trying to keep him busy until their engine supplier
can iron out the wrinkles.
It's a win / win / win / [etc.] situation. Alonso gets to do chase a dream,
McLaren are keeping him happy, Indy gets more global coverage, F1 gets more
coverage from within the US / Indy crowd and the ever-popular Jenson Button
comes back for a race to keep F1 purists happy. It gives them a chance to
see Jens race again and respite from Alonso's whining for a race. ;)
I honestly can't see any losers oin this. Ok a couple grumpy F1 drivers
offered negative opinions based on historical data. The problem with those
opinions is a) F1 is undergoing change and b) I don't believe Alonso is
looking for a different seat in F1 anyway so this can't hurt him.*
* He's tainted his stock with Ferrari. Mercedes are happy with their
talented drivers for the foreseeable and he doesn't exactly fit RBR's
image - who have two very good drivers anyway. If he leaves McLaren / F1
it'll be for greener pastures. (Maybe for a full time McLaren exo-F1 team?)
"Humans will have advanced a long, long way when religious belief has a cozy
little classification in the DSM*."
David Melville (in r.a.s.f1)
(*Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders)