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Old 16 May 2017, 13:52 (Ref:3733859)   #466
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totally agree, in Japanese superformula last year he was nothing special, and certainly not worthy of an F1 drive based on that performance where he should have trounced everyone, he is just another magnussen/heidfeldt/delarosa type of driver.......a journeyman......they should stick Lando Norris in the car, it will be a far better investment of time, and far more marketable
I suspect just about every team in the pit road would fall over themselves to sign him!......
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Old 16 May 2017, 13:57 (Ref:3733864)   #467
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It's not his fault the Honda engine has fallen back again. Fred's just doing a mega job in the car
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Old 18 May 2017, 17:51 (Ref:3734313)   #468
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probably should post this in the Alonso/Indy thread but in a way i think its more relevant for F1 fans so here is an article by the man himself written for the Players Tribune website. (obviously move if necessary)

for those not familiar with the site, it was created by a former baseball player and is a site for athletes to tell their own stories in their own words. Kobe Bryant chose to announce his retirement on this site with a poem so check it out as there are many great stories on it and its a brilliant site.

https://www.theplayerstribune.com/fe...onda-andretti/
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Old 18 May 2017, 18:23 (Ref:3734323)   #469
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probably should post this in the Alonso/Indy thread but in a way i think its more relevant for F1 fans so here is an article by the man himself written for the Players Tribune website. (obviously move if necessary)

for those not familiar with the site, it was created by a former baseball player and is a site for athletes to tell their own stories in their own words. Kobe Bryant chose to announce his retirement on this site with a poem so check it out as there are many great stories on it and its a brilliant site.

https://www.theplayerstribune.com/fe...onda-andretti/
That's a cracking little read - and really shows both why he gets frustrated with the current car, but also why he enjoys getting the best results he can.
It is clear that he doesn't need to be in a dominant car, just a competitive one.
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Old 18 May 2017, 20:11 (Ref:3734343)   #470
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I've grown to like Alonso over the years. This stuff wasn't obvious to me at the beginning of his career. Although his speed was. As was his ability to adapt. Do you remember his early Renault, odd front end. Yet he can take a car set up different to this. There is no he can't drive a car with understeer or oversteer with Alonso. No circuit specialist.
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Fred can adapt to a wheelbarrow
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Old 19 May 2017, 10:27 (Ref:3734426)   #472
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And a board https://twitter.com/McLarenIndy/stat...933185/video/1

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Old 19 May 2017, 10:43 (Ref:3734430)   #473
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Old 19 May 2017, 10:50 (Ref:3734434)   #474
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I've grown to like Alonso over the years.
I've both liked and not liked some aspects of his way of going about things, but I've had (sometimes begrudging!) respect for his ability to wrestle cars into places they clearly shouldn't be. I'm really looking forward to the 500, I just have to hope I get back from Silverstone in time to watch it!
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Old 20 May 2017, 11:43 (Ref:3734636)   #475
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I've grown to like Alonso over the years. This stuff wasn't obvious to me at the beginning of his career. Although his speed was. As was his ability to adapt. Do you remember his early Renault, odd front end. Yet he can take a car set up different to this. There is no he can't drive a car with understeer or oversteer with Alonso. No circuit specialist.
Me too. He was never someone I made a point to pull for or anything. But his sense of humor the last few years, his bad luck in picking teams at the wrong time, him going to Indy and his ability to get a crap car where it doesn't belong has made him one of my favorites now.
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Old 21 May 2017, 10:33 (Ref:3734872)   #476
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I love the way he has had a little more fun than the other ones who are in the sport and he needs to be a happy boy to be able to make the best of the car
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I like how some of the other drivers came out of the woodwork to talk down on his decision to ditch the Monaco GP, as if it's some kind of sacrilege, just to stroke their own and their teams/sponsors' egos.

'Oh, I would never even dream of doing this!'
'I did this too, but it was like for totally different and understandable reasons for me, you guys!'
'This is very unprofessional!'
'I don't even understand how McLaren would allow this!'


And so on, and so forth.

It's hilarious, but also pathetic.

I appreciate Alonso's attitude about this, not letting anything that's been said deter him from enjoying this new adventure. Kudos!
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I like how some of the other drivers came out of the woodwork to talk down on his decision to ditch the Monaco GP, as if it's some kind of sacrilege, just to stroke their own and their teams/sponsors' egos.

'Oh, I would never even dream of doing this!'
'I did this too, but it was like for totally different and understandable reasons for me, you guys!'
'This is very unprofessional!'
'I don't even understand how McLaren would allow this!'


And so on, and so forth.

It's hilarious, but also pathetic.

I appreciate Alonso's attitude about this, not letting anything that's been said deter him from enjoying this.
I bet few of them could take a totally unfamiliar car/engine/tyre/track/setup combo and bang it into 7th in qualifying against blokes & blokettes who have run these cars for years & years...
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Frankly I think some drivers are upset because it suggests F1 isn't the centre of the world. It is insulting to them because it brings them down a bit. He'd rather do something else, something potentially bigger.

I love when drivers drive anything Romain Dumas is another example. Dakar, Pikes Peak, LMP1, LMP2, GT3, etc. If it has wheels he'll drive it. I love that. I'm not an Alonso fan at all but I love when he's doing. I hope he does get the Indy win (but I don't think it'll happen this year - I think he should go do a few years of Indycar) and then go to Le Mans with a LMP1 contract and gets the triple crown. It might kick start others into doing more random events and series.
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I am avowedly not a fan of the Spaniard, but respect for running Indy and qualifying in the top nine.
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