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Old 13 Oct 2007, 10:25 (Ref:2039119)   #1
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Alonso's current state of mind

As Fernando Alonso's off-track behaviour becomes increasingly erratic, and to be honest, downright bizarre, there seems to be a feeling amongst many observers that he has undone all of the goodwill he has built up over his career. Of course racing drivers should ideally be rated on their ability and performances, not their temperament, but is anybody else disappointed in Fernando?
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Old 13 Oct 2007, 10:37 (Ref:2039127)   #2
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Alonso will either do something silly like another Hungary or a similar level of cheating OR make a mistake like he did in Fuji. Let's put it this way, I doubt it will be an on track duel which decides the WDC.
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Old 13 Oct 2007, 11:26 (Ref:2039147)   #3
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As Fernando Alonso's off-track behaviour becomes increasingly erratic, and to be honest, downright bizarre, there seems to be a feeling amongst many observers that he has undone all of the goodwill he has built up over his career. Of course racing drivers should ideally be rated on their ability and performances, not their temperament, but is anybody else disappointed in Fernando?
His behaviour has harmed his reputation, undoubtedly, but I wouldn't say I was dissapointed in him. He's been under a hell of a lot of pressure this season, and I can't say that I'd react any differently under similar strain.
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Old 13 Oct 2007, 12:26 (Ref:2039188)   #4
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I think his reputation has certainly been damaged in Britain, but this is more due to everyone thinking Hamilton is the second coming.

Don't know what it would be like in Spain, but considering the guy is a hero, and he's driving for a British team, no doubt some of the public buy into some of his more bizarre accusations.

A lot of it is in his own mind, but he's believing it so much now that he's seeing it as absolute truth. I think it's sad that it has come to this.
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Old 13 Oct 2007, 13:02 (Ref:2039207)   #5
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I think his reputation has certainly been damaged in Britain, but this is more due to everyone thinking Hamilton is the second coming.
Inaccurate, and I live in this country, so with all due respect, I'm better able to judge the views of many motorsport fans here on this matter than yourself.

I think most people rate Hamilton because he's so obviously very talented, and if he happens to be British, well then it gives us a new sports star to cheer for. Simple.

As for Alonso, yes I'm very disappointed in him. It seems strange for me to think that a year ago I was cheering for him wanting him to win the championship.

The way I see him now, he has made himself look a fool. He moans about not getting number 1 status when his driving this year did nothing to warrant it. Thus far, he has been beaten by a rookie, and I'm guessing feels like a bit of an idiot, thus comes out with all these comments (although he may be paranoid about unequal treatment as well, which is also silly).

The thing is, it didn't have to be like this. Inside his own mind, he has obviously acknowledged Hamilton's talent. So why didn't he accept this, and accept that losing to Hamilton is not the crying shame he has been presenting it to be?

He would have come out of this with a lot more respect from many people, both in the sport, and the fans, if he had acted this way. As it is, he has made himself look largely like the sulker much of the media has portrayed him to be. So, let's not instantly vilify the motorsport media for everything here- he has brought this on himself.
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Old 13 Oct 2007, 16:18 (Ref:2039297)   #6
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The way I see him now, he has made himself look a fool. He moans about not getting number 1 status when his driving this year did nothing to warrant it. Thus far, he has been beaten by a rookie, and I'm guessing feels like a bit of an idiot, thus comes out with all these comments (although he may be paranoid about unequal treatment as well, which is also silly).
I agree - I think things that Alonso has done and said have been manipulated by the media here to make his behaviour seem worse than it was, but he's done a pretty good job of making himself look bad without any help from the media. The average motorsport fan isn't hyping up Hamilton to be some kind of demi-God, they're just recognising his talent, and that goes for British motorsport fans as well.

I think Alonso's behaviour has been disappointing this season - some of it has been overexaggerated, but things like the incident in the pits in Hungary we've seen for ourselves. He's a double world champion, he's immensely talented, and he should relish the opportunity to compete against a team-mate who has the capability to match him. Instead he's choosing to complain and sulk, and it's a real shame.
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Old 13 Oct 2007, 16:57 (Ref:2039316)   #7
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I think that most of this negative stuff about Alonso will go away quite quickly once the season is over, It will be forgotten within a matter of weeks..It seems to me that this has been just a juicy story for the news media to milk the daylights out of, because negative news sells far more good news..

I bet if one were to sit down with Alonso over a beer and ask him what all the fuss has been over this season, for the most part he would look surprised and say something like " "the media are going to say whatever they want aren't they" and I never meant that! I meant this...
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Old 13 Oct 2007, 18:31 (Ref:2039360)   #8
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I bet if one were to sit down with Alonso over a beer and ask him what all the fuss has been over this season, for the most part he would look surprised and say something like " "the media are going to say whatever they want aren't they" and I never meant that! I meant this...
Maybe after five or six you will get to know the truth.

Well for a guy who commited the only visible bit of sabotage (Hungary) and who was implicated personally in the espionage matter (his team mate wasn't),he seems to be getting off pretty lightly if you ask me.

As for his present state of mind.......Well you wouldn't want to cut him up on the Motorway would you!
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Old 13 Oct 2007, 18:44 (Ref:2039365)   #9
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Especially in the UK, the media have spun things against Fernando recently, but the season hasn't boosted his reputation as a man. He hasn't coped with having a competitive team-mate, and seems to be lashing out too readily. It could all come together and cost him the title.
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Old 13 Oct 2007, 20:13 (Ref:2039398)   #10
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I've been surprised by fernando's moments this year, but not really disappointed.

I will only be disappointed if he starts ramming people off the track.
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Old 13 Oct 2007, 20:55 (Ref:2039430)   #11
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Old 13 Oct 2007, 22:23 (Ref:2039484)   #12
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I will only be disappointed if he starts ramming people off the track.
Well he wouldn't be the first one to do that would he.

If his intention is for himself to win the championship,then he has to be very careful how he takes out his opponent.But if his intention is for Kimi to win the title (to spite McLaren),then he doesn't have to be quite so careful.
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Old 13 Oct 2007, 22:49 (Ref:2039501)   #13
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I don't see him trying that though. I think he will just try to race hard..Now if he tries to push Hamilton off the track again then we could see some fireworks.
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I don't see him trying that though. I think he will just try to race hard..Now if he tries to push Hamilton off the track again then we could see some fireworks.
I don't think Lewis will be quite so polite this time around though.
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