Does Ferrari need only Alonso to win the drivers’ title again ?

Was it fault of the drivers ?

Was it fault of the drivers ?

The rumours about Fernando Alonso signing for Ferrari will probably keep on coming until the Spanish driver actually makes the move. But if we are to believe what we read in the news his eventual move to Ferrari would be a popular one in Italy. Several Italian racing figures voiced their support for Alonso-Ferrari link. But what I found interesting in those speaches is the hint at the quality of current Ferrari drivers by Cesare Fiorio, the former Ferrari team boss who granted Alonso his debut F1 test with Minardi in 1999:

“Winning the constructors’ title, Maranello showed that in the pits and at the factory they are the best. But if you do not win the drivers’ title, it must be at least a little bit the fault of the driver, no?”

I think Mr. Fiorio got it a bit wrong. I would agree that Kimi Raikkonen was far from his best in 2008. But despite his poor form he still managed to finish the championship in 3rd place, over 20 points ahead of 7th placed McLaren’s number 2 Heikki Kovalainen (driving rather equal car). With only one point separating Hamilton and Massa it was the difference between Raikkonen and Kovalainen that decided the constructors’ championship.

And who is more to blame for Massa not winning the title ? The driver or the team ? Yes, Massa’s concentration took some days off in Malaysia or Silverstone for example, but he lost sure win in Hungary thanks to engine blow up (the factory) and probably serious points at least in Singapore thanks to the refueling hose fiasco (the pits). All he needed was 1 more point or his engine lasting 2 more laps in Hungary …

Yes, it would be exciting to see a driver like Fernando Alonso in Ferrari one day. But Alonso alone can’t guarantee the drivers’ title …

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  1. KotenokNo Gravatar says:

    True, Alonso doesn’t guarantee titles… He just is a good driver among the top 5 (well, F1Wolf’s survey may say something HEHE). But if the car isn’t propper for winning races, he’ll struggle. Anyway he’s pretty good for adapting his driving style to the track needs and the car’s conditions. But that doesn’t give any championship anyway if the team isn’t good enough for the fighting in that battle.

    2007 and 2008 were strange seasons, and the champion finally was these one who did less mistakes or had less mechanical troubles… So will we have again a regular champion as Schumacher??? Only when the circumstances are the next ones: a regular driver (not bad examples are Kubica or Alonso) and a reliable machine (I should say, McLaren breaked records blowing Mercedes motors past seasons, but the 2008 has been an incredible fast car. In other side, Ferrari isn’t lacking of something called bad luck).

  2. zblkhwkNo Gravatar says:

    If Alonzo was in a Ferrari last year, he would be world champion. In my opinion, he is the best right now. His performance with a mediocre Renault was miraculous.

    There are no guarantees next year with all the changes to the cars.

    I have to strongly disagree with Mr. Fiorio’s statement that Ferrari was the best “in the pits”. I count at least three time where they bungled pit stops with their automatic lolli-pop starting system. Singapore was the most obvious, but they blew it a couple other times, any of which cost Massa the title.

    If they want to win, they need to first bring back Ross Braun to manage their races. He did a fantastic job of calling pit strategies that put Honda on the podium once, despite being the 2nd worst car on the grid. Then they need to figure out how to keep Kimi motivated. When Kimi is on his game, he is unbeatable. If that is not possible, they need to let him go and get Alonzo or Vettel in the car now.

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  4. zblkhwkNo Gravatar says:

    As close as this season was, you could easily pick a number of things. The one that sticks in my mind is the mechanism that released the cars from their pit stops (not sure what you would call it, automatic lollipop???). Both drivers were bit by Ferrari’s auto-release when the cars left automatically with the fuel hose still intact. It wasn’t until the most noted failure at Singapore that they went back to the manned lollipop to signal the driver to leave.

  5. Jose ArellanoNo Gravatar says:

    i want a see a battle between kimi and alonso, (but when kimis on his game) i wonder who is faster ??

  6. zblkhwkNo Gravatar says:

    Kimi might be faster for a few laps, but he doesn’t seem to be able to keep the car on the track when pushing to the limit past a few laps (Singapore, Monoco are examples). And I’m not sure he is much faster. I would rather have Alonzo.

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