Links: How Alonso helped Massa

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Hamilton would be worthy winner – Alonso – “If Alonso has one gripe about the outcome of the Chinese Grand Prix, it is that Brazil will now not host a true showdown between the title protagonists, given Hamilton’s relatively easy task. ‘It is not good for the excitement of the championship, but honestly whoever wins doesn’t concern me too much.’

“He does, however, admit to staying true to his word of helping Massa, by declining to ‘get into a fight with Felipe’ at the start of Sunday’s 56-lap race. ‘That is when Kovalainen took the opportunity to pass me,’ Alonso explained.” If I were Alonso’s race engineer and I thought he’d lost a place to Kovalainen because he was trying to make life easier for Massa I wouldn’t be impressed. Good job he got it back at the end of the lap. More on this here: Lewis Hamilton is a greater danger to his title hopes than Fernando Alonso is

To be silly or sensible: Lewis Hamiltons dilemma – “In sport, changes are acted out before the world in the form of riveting and revealing action: Andrew Flintoff turning from a fat waster to a pared-down force of destruction; Andy Murray turning from sulky gap-year kid to potential champion; David Beckham turning from much-hated fop to beloved match-winning leader.

“Can you change your personality by sheer force of will? Or does your hard-wired personality have a number of different aspects that can be expressed? Or does sporting journalism – does the nature of sport – simply prefer one-dimensional personalities, finding subtleties too bewildering to cope with?” (In the newspaper itself this piece had the headline “Sensible Lewis overtakes silly Lewis” which in my view makes more sense.)

Brazilian GP: conspiracy theory – “So who do you reckon is going to give Lewis a race-ending bump? Kimi off the start line? Alonso on the squeeze into the first corner? The same Alonso, remember, who last week told a Spanish newspaper that if he could help Massa to win the championship, he would?”

Rosberg concerned at loss of value – “A certain danger exists, because the quality of the driver, in the eyes of others, is closely connected with the achievement of the car.”

Canadian GP bosses hit back at Ecclestone – “Canadian GP officials issued a press release late on Sunday night countering Ecclestone’s suggestions and insisting that payment terms had been accepted for 2006 and 2007. Paul Wilson, vice-president of marketing for the Canadian GP, said: ‘It is totally untrue to suggest that our organisation has defaulted on payments owed for the past three years.'”

Di Resta Is Given His Chance Of An F1 Seat – “Paul Di [Resta], Scotland’s rising motorsport star has been told that if he performs well during a two-day test with McLaren on Monday and Tuesday that he can book a place in next season’s Formula One championship with the Force India team.” – Force India’s Vijal Mallya has already said he will keep the same two drivers for 2009, but this article claims Paul di Resta could still make the switch. Read more on the 2009 F1 drivers and teams and the 2009 F1 season.

An unlikely scenario – “The latest speculation is in the Spanish newspaper AS, which says Alonso and Raikkonen could be the subject of a seat swap for 2009.” Wishful thinking? With Renault on the up and engine performance to be harmonised next year, Alonso might not need to join Ferrari anyway.

Ferrari to probe below par performance – Stefano Domenicali: “[McLaren] were simply much faster than us and this is the reason why I have to say that if you consider what we could achieve in these conditions we achieved the maximum, because honestly today Lewis was in another league, he was driving perfectly, fast, consistent and we couldn’t even think of attacking him.”

Tyre mix-up caused Kovys early struggle – “McLaren boss Ron Dennis explained the reason to retire Kovalainen, saying: ‘Heikki’s first stint was compromised by the fitting of a set of mismatched tyres, which caused his car to understeer,’?? said team boss Ron Dennis. ‘After his first stop, a punctured tyre then forced an unscheduled pit stop before an air pressure problem with his engine caused us to retire him in order to avoid risking an engine failure.'”

James Allen’s Chinese GP verdict – “Ferrari had a significant performance advantage over McLaren in Brazil last year, which it doesn’t look like they will have this year. And just to make sure McLaren have been developing a special ‘Interlagos pack’ for the car, to give Hamilton the best shot at doing well there.”

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