Vettel grabs title as Alonso and Webber falter

2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Abu Dhabi, 2010
Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Abu Dhabi, 2010

Sebastian Vettel is the 2010 Formula 1 world champion after winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

He was aided by rivals Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber pitting early and getting stuck in traffic and finishing in seventh and eighth.

The two McLaren drivers joined Vettel on the podiums.

Vettel made a clean start from pole position, while Lewis Hamilton tried and failed to squeeze through at the first corner.

Behind them Jenson Button also got away smartly to take third from Alonso.

But the race only lasted a few cars before the safety car came out following an alarming collision between Michael Schumacher and Vitantonio Liuzzi, which ended with the Force India perched on top of the Mercedes.

Schumacher spun while trying to pass team mate Nico Rosberg at the exit of turn six – the pair did not make contact – leaving Liuzzi with nowhere to go.

It took several laps to clear the wreckage away, during which time Rosberg, Vitaly Petrov, Jaime Alguersuari, Christian Klien, Bruno Senna and Lucas di Grassi all pitted to discarad the super-soft tyres they had started on for mediums. This was to have a significant role in deciding the outcome of the race – and the championship.

Ferrari react to Webber

After the restart Vettel and Hamilton pulled away from Button, while Alonso dropped back with Webber and Massa behind him.

Webber was clearly struggling on the super-soft tyres and made an early pit stop on lap 12 to get on the mediums, falling behind several cars that didn’t have to make further pit stops.

At first Ferrari reacted by bringing Massa in. But even though Webber took two laps to pass Jaime Alguersuari, he was able to keep his position ahead of Massa.

The next time by Ferrari brought Alonso in. He came out ahead of Webber – but behind Petrov, who proved a tougher nut to crack than Ferrari expected.

The leading trio of Vettel, Hamilton and Button stayed out, trying to build enough of a gap over Kamui Kobayashi and Robert Kubica.

McLaren eventually gave up and brought Hamilton in, sending him out on track behind the Renault and Sauber. Unfortunately for Hamilton he was held up as Kubica chose this moment to muscle past Kobayashi around the outside.

Hamilton picked off Kobayashi but got stuck behind Kubica. That allowed Vettel to make his pit stop and stay in front of Kubica, building up a ten-second advantage over Hamilton.

Button stayed out until lap 39, before pitting and coming out behind Hamilton, who was still stuck behind Kubica.

Alonso stuck behind Petrov

He wasn’t the only driver struggling to pass a Renault – Alonso was still stuck behind Petrov. He made one attempt that ended with him going off at turn 11, though Webber wasn’t close enough to capitalise.

The time he lost behind Petrov meant that Kubica eventually had a large enough gap to make his pit stop and get out in front of Alonso. This he did on lap 46. Alonso was now in seventh, needing to pass Petrov, Rosberg and Kubica to keep Vettel from the title.

He was giving it his all – running off the track again at turn 17 when he made another attempt – but this was how the championship slipped out of Alonso’s grasp.

Vettel takes the title

Vettel, up front, was unaware that he’d been in a position to win the championship for much of the race – his team only told him about the points situation after he crossed the line.

After 55 laps of Yas Marina, Vettel crossed the line to win his fifth Grand Prix of 2010.

And a few seconds later, the team told him he had also won the 2010 world championship.

He was followed home by the two McLarens – Hamilton unable to reduce Vettel’s lead after Kubica pitted.

Kubica finished fifth behind Rosberg and one place ahead of his team mate. Alonso, seventh, saw a potential third world championship slip through his fingers by just four points. He shook his fist at Petrov on his way back to the pits.

Long-term championship leader Webber was eighth, falling to third in the world championship. Massa never managed to find a way past Alguersuari and ended the race in tenth behind the Toro Rosso.

Outside the points were Heidfeld, Barrichello, Sutil, Kobayashi, Buemi and H?â??lkenberg, followed by top new team driver Kovalainen, ahead of di Grassi, Senna and Klien.

Jarno Trulli was classified last but retired four laps from the flag when his rear wing fell off.

For the second weekend in a row, Red Bull celebrate a championship victory – first the constructors’ championship, and now the drivers’ title.

Remarkably, it’s not their driver who had the most point going into this weekend who won the title – it was Sebastian Vettel, Germany’s new world champion.

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  1. haha! Take that, team orders!

    1. Yes, that’s what I like about today’s result. Well done RB guys ! The cleanest win possible.

      1. Mark Webber’s not bad for a “number two”.

    2. It is one thing that the team that used team orders did not win the championship.

      What is interesting is that RB won the race *because* they did not use team orders. Had they used team orders in Brazil, which several people wanted, it would have been disastrous.

      1. true, but team orders do give advantage, the point is Ferrari didn’t play it with a class.
        I think team orders will persist but in more civilised way.

        1. No. Team orders do not always give advantage, did you not read what MacademiaNut said? If they’d pulled the team orders card on Vettel in Brazil Alonso would be champion now. Team orders can be an advantage, but there’s no guarantee they will be. For all we know, with a win under his belt and the added boost in confidence Massa might’ve strung together a whole series of great results and come from behind to win the championship. Team orders are unsportsmanlike and a stupid gamble.

          1. Perfectly said US Peter. I could not agree with you more!

          2. Totally agree man. Who knows what kind of mental effect Hockenheim had on Massa’s head. This was the guy who not only 2 years ago lost the WDC by a point.
            I was one of those pushing for RB to support Mark, but ive seen the light.
            Team orders can have an advantage ONLY if the other driver is out of the running, as long as both are in it, no.

          3. Thank you! Hear, hear.

          4. If RB had used ‘on track’ team orders all season they would have won it earlier.

            But they clearly favoured Vettel through the season anyway or are you just over looking that.

          5. So many people thought RBR shoulda favoured Webber at Inter. HA!

            A lesson learned for many.

        2. Vettel during race said ‘Radio not working properly’, may be thinking he will get team orders from Ferrari, ‘Sab, Alonso is faster than u’. lol.

    3. yeah yeah well deserved champion….this is sweetest victory off all time, and Ferrari don’t take driver championship and cry baby Alonso….this is pay back for what hi did to Mclaren and Hamilton three years ago….and gesture to Petrov just show how Alonso is bad bad loser
      team orders sucks

      1. Contrast Alonso with how Massa reacted after losing the title in 2008.

        Felipe, you deserve a better and more loyal team than Ferrari.

        Well done RBR. Stick that in your pipe Montezemolo.

        1. yes massa get the f. out of ferrari cuze you suck

          1. Imagine if Webber had been let through in Brazil! RBR would have looked stupid!

            Vettel needed to win the last few races, if his engine hadn’t gone in Korea he’d have won the last 4 races. Incredible finish to the most incredible season.

        2. Wish I could’ve seen old Monty’s face through the last laps of the race.

        3. Wow, hadn’t thought of that yet John H! Great point. We all know who has the true class at Ferrari now.

          and rbr: You can tell people they suck when you learn how to use proper grammar and spelling. Massa is a good driver, and I’d have him on my team over a selfish cry baby like Alonso anyday.

    4. Ferrari robbed us of moment of the season for nothing. Hope they’re happy. Wait, of course they are. Ferrari are never wrong.

      1. hahaha yeah always right. Without Kimi, with stupid team orders, then always pointing out to everyone else! I enjoyed the 2007 championship but as a Kimi fan, and now I really joy of Vettel’s CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!!!!!!

      2. Yep. The Massa win on the anniversary of his crash would’ve been one of the emotional high points of the season.

        1. “Yep. The Massa win on the anniversary of his crash would’ve been one of the emotional high points of the season.”

          US Peter

          It absolutely would have been, possibly the highest, and for that alone Ferrari didn’t deserve the championship today.

    5. Yup.
      Over so many races, so many decisions, pits stops, braking points, turn ins, something is bound to go wrong at some time or another.
      Ferrai put all their eggs in one basket and game over. Red Bull had Webber screwed up today but they still had Vettel to bring it home.

    6. Amen Preacher!!

    7. The Sri Lankan
      15th November 2010, 8:36

      Congrats to vettel. even though i wanted alonso to win the title im happy as long as some one that hasnt won the title other than mark webber has done it!

  2. Tense race.

    And well played Red Bull. They fooled Ferrari into pitting early. Very shrewd.

    Inexplicably naive of Stefano and the Ferrari strategists. Could they see only Webber in the race? They forgot not only about Vettel, but also about Petrov and Rosberg. They failed to follow their own advice of taking it race-by-race like they did for every race in the second half of the year. Too much ‘championship thinking’ today by them. Gutted :(

    But well, Better Sebastian as a champion rather than Webber.

    1. Per sumedh.
      Disappointing for Alonso.

    2. what i don’t undestand is why they needed to cover Alonso from Webber so much. Webber had been struggling with his car since yesterday at qualy, and he had a much taller mountain ahead to climb than Vettel.

      Alonso was in a champ winning position. He was 4th, with guys that didn’t have to pit again behind. It’s very weird.

      1. It was because Webber had started to set fast sector times and they were worried that the tires wouldn’t be able to last that much longer for anybody (since Bridgestone had estimated they wouldn’t last longer than 20 laps). If they had stayed out as long as they could as it was they would have ended up in the same position as the mclarens, but since they were worried they wouldn’t last that long they decided they’d at least hold off webber.

        What they did actually makes perfect sense under the assumption that the tyres wouldn’t last much longer. Unfortunately for them it was that assumption that was wrong!

    3. too much bad driving by Alonso, thought he was such an amazing driver. LOL.

  3. Gotta congratulate Vettel. I’ve been a bit critical of him throughout the season but he thoroughly deserves this title. He’s been quickest all season and despite being hugely unlucky with mechanical errors has managed to snatch it at the last race.

    Do the team favour him? Probably, but that’s hardly Sebastian’s fault. Great job by him.

    1. Also I’d like to add:

      Four different champions in four years with four different teams. F1 is in a pretty good place and long may it continue.

      1. I think it is Five not Four:

        Alonso-Renault, Kimi-Ferrari, Lewis-Mclaren, Jenson-Brawn/Honda, Seb – Red Bull

        1. You’re right, how could I forget that!


          1. Next year there’ll be 5 world champs on the grid…. if only Jacques had got his entry through the FIA we could have had 6

        2. This has happened once before I think, and twice there has been a run of 7 different champions.

  4. What a season! Thank you so much Keith for all the time and work you put in this blog!! Great stuff!

    1. I’d also like to thank Keith and all the moderators from the live blogs. You have made the season a lot more enjoyable than I could have imagined. :)

  5. Surely Alonso just had to keep behind Button and try passing in the pits – if necessary. Bizarre decision to pit given Massa and Webber were already facing problems in passing. Even worse for Alonso getting stuck behind Petrov fighting for his F1 career!

    Vettel delivered, Webber didn’t. Red Bull vindicated. Ferrari merely come out of the season looking like sore losers and cheats. Roll on 2011! For now Vettel reigns supreme and beating him and RBR next year will take even more.

    1. Ferrari merely come out of the season looking like sore losers and cheats.


    2. Ferrari merely come out of the season looking like sore losers and cheats.

      Best quote of the year? :)

      1. Best quote of the year?

        Maybe Keith would put that as the Quote o the day.”

        1. Also, Petrov delivered, Alonso didn’t. It’s actually kind of sad for Alonso cause that’s the team he left for Ferrari. Blocked by the car of the team he left to win a championship!

  6. I was very pleased with that podium I must admit: the last 3 WCs. Tankfully neither Mark or Fernando were on the podium: they would have brought bad mood with them. These 3 were all smiles.
    The McLarens end the season on a high note. Both drivers did a great job. Button’s pass on Fernando at the start probably was quite crucial.
    Webber finally paid the errors he’s made lately (Singapore, Korea, a poor qulifying here)
    I praise Alonso as a driver, but I am glad he didn’t win the crwon, due to this Hockenheim thing. And the gesture to Petrov at the end wasn’t so nice either. Petrov was fully entitled to save his seat too.
    Nice for Vettel: Ok much (very much) is due to the RB’s superiority on saturdays, but this was the case last year too, and you still have to deliver. Well done.

    But, wasn’t ity the first back-paddle race for Kamui ? Ending the race 2 places astern of his start position ? Tss tss…

    1. Did I say Singapore ? Well he was on the podium there… Monza rather…

    2. What was the go with the “champagne” at the end? First it wouldn’t shake up, then Hamilton spat it out after they all took a swig at the same time… lmao

      1. No Alcohol in it – Muslim country. We laughed a lot over Lewis’ dislike for it, hehe…

    3. “Thankfully neither Mark or Fernando were on the podium: they would have brought bad mood with them.”

      Although, if alonso was on the podium he would have been somewhat happier…

    4. Had Alonso been on podium, he wud have won the chamionship. I think u r carried away with Vettel winning and forgetting the facts

  7. Not bad for a no.1 driver :p

    1. It was inevitable. Mark needs to find another team to have a realistic shot at the title, really. :(

      1. sorry to say this… this is how far Mark would go from a career perspective.

        1. He will never get into McLaren, Ferrari, and probably not Mercedes, so I don’t think there is a team that would take him capable of allowing to compete. Even if he did get into McLaren or Ferrari he would be defeated by his teamate. The only reason he came so close this year was his dominant car and a teamate who had more reliability problems and is not fully matured into a sensible driver. Vettel threw away a lot of points this year. When he starts making less mistakes he will not be troubled by Webber over a championship again.

          1. Younger Hamilton
            14th November 2010, 20:29

            He wont get into Renault either considering what Petrov did to Alonso was just classy and brilliant i think he’s earned his drive for 2011.Mark’s only got Red Bull he has to stay there and said he will we all have to be realistic in what we say.

      2. Ditto Sanjay. Mark webber just had to get into second by the end of the race, not even first. With Alonso stuck where he was even lower would have done. Vettel showed the car was good enough. So how would joining another team help? Kind of sad for Mark, but he should have focused on his driving the past few races rather than hinting that Red Bull should have backed him over Vettel earlier.

        1. exactly David….Sebastian on the other hand capitalized on the potential of the car, the situation and any opportunity that was there (3 wins in the last four races)

      3. No he just threw his Championship in the bin this Saturday that is what happened. If he had delivered a front row, or at least a 3rd he could have won the championship.

    2. Blake Merriam
      15th November 2010, 1:52

      That get’s my vote for quote of the year. :)

  8. the situation for ferrari was actually very complex. they had only one quick driver in the slowest car of the 3 contenders. redbulls had a really fast driver, with nothing to lose, vettel. when mark pitted, he was 1.5 sec behind alonso. Ferrari had two options knowing that the tyre where in a degrading phase : stay on track with the risk of tyre going off and so losing the position to webber, which meant end of the championship. or pit, stay ahead of webber and hope that the rest would go through troubles.
    they went the safe route, and it proved that the unknown one was the best.

    their only mistake was probably to have pitted alonso and massa a little too early; massa could have gone out in front of webber and alonso in front of petrov if they had stayed on track 3/4 laps more.

    and Alonso didn’t show his fist, he showed his fingerS as to say “come on mate, that was not cool”, typical body language to show his disagreement from a spanish or italian person.

    1. I think they responded too hasty. They saw Webber struggling behind Alguersuari and pulled both Massa and Alonso in. But I doubt wether it would have made a difference really. Webber was 0.8 second per lap faster on his fresh tyres and Alonso couldn’t keep up with the McClarens and RBR’s. But they focussed too much on Webber. They should have been focussing on Petrov and Rosberg knowing they already pitted, Alonso had to pull away from them like Hamilton did and there wouldn’t have been a problem. It was a tricky situation and the decision they made was definetly wrong.

    2. “not cool” that you didn’t pull over and let me through in a car race. Alonso shows he has no class… again.

      1. it is nothing but the body language of a bad temper guy. nothing mean or arrogant. vettel did the same to webber earlier in the year, hamilton criticised on the radio the person who made him change tyres to early in which ever race. montoya insulted raikkonen on the radio.
        it is a good thing that they are not all hypocrite and politically correct like some others.

        1. Yeah, good point Pi. I’m probably too harsh, but it was very disappointing to see. You can still have polite non-robots.

          1. You know, after such a tough season its normal for a driver to be angry. Just let him vent a little, no harm there.

            Did you guys see how Torro Rosso let Webber through?

          2. Had Hamilton done the same thing though this comment page would be bursting with criticism.
            Maybe im a bit old school but its perfectly okay to handle a loss with class.
            In the end, EVERYONE is there to compete, not only you Fernando.
            He deserves every bit of ridicule he gets. Brilliant driver, but cant stand his overall personality and the aura that seems to surround him and his teams.

        2. Agree with Pi. Its just in the heat of the moment gesture. Like the very same made by Vettel in Turkey, Hamilton on the radio in Australia, etc. Obviously, Alonso haters are gonna use it to bash him forever. But losing a championship in this way would be frustrating for any driver.. some hide it.. some don’t.

  9. I hoped Vettel wouldn’t get the championship, but after some reflection I think he deserves it.

    Bahrain, Australia, Malaysia, Valencia, Japan, Korea, Brazil and Abu Dhabi were fantastic. Of course, Turkey, Spa and Hungary were not so good. Generally speaking, though, he was faster than Webber, and even though Alonso was extremely quick in the second half of the season, Vettel outdrove him when it mattered, i.e today.

    Of course, Red Bull should have won it earlier, but despite this I feel he is worthier of it than Webber and Alonso, for whom I have lost all respect after his behaviour towards Petrov. Hamilton deserved it perhaps the most, considering that Hungary was not his fault and Singapore was just bad luck, but the McLaren just was not fast enough for most of the second part of the season.

    I can’t wait for 2011. I hope Renault and Mercedes will be able to join the hunt for the championship.

  10. well done vettel! looks like the fastest driver won in the end. why did ferrari pit alonso? surely they knew he’d come out with webber in traffic!

    ah well, the season has ended and i’ve enjoyed every moment of it. ;)

  11. Or, “Vettel grabs title” in Red Bull Renault, as Hamilton, Alonso and Webber get held back by two Renaults in midfield.

    Amazing coincidence of course, or maybe Bernie needs to get better script writers :(

    1. Conspiracy Fail.

    2. What do you expect them to do, just let the title contenders through? They’ve got to run their own race too you know! :)

  12. YES!!!! I couldn’t believe it, I thought from Korea that it was all over for Vettel, fairy tale ending, fairy tale ending. The most deserving champion out of the lot with so many car problems of robbing wins for him. I don’t care what webber fans think, I dont care what Hamilton fans think and I don’t care what Alonso fans think, all I know is that Vettel is the world champion of 2010 and the youngest ever at that. Thank you to Kubica, Petrov and Rosberg for denying Alonso the points needed to get the 3rd title.

    Even I was in tears when vettel became world champion, but they’re the tears of a winner not a loser…


    1. As a Hamilton fan: Vettel deserved it! Lewis made some mistakes that proved critical and Vettel did have the worst share of reliability problems.

      I just disagree with your last bit. I was looking at the first half of the grid and thinking it’s just shockingly good! Vettel, Hamilton, Button, Alonso, Rosberg, Schumacher (thank god he escaped okay today), Kubica, Kobayashi, Hulkenberg, Sutil… If we could have qualifying sessions as close as this last one at Abu Dhabi all year next year, it would be stupendous. Here’s hoping!

      1. One can also add that Hamilton and Button did the impossible to be title contenders till almost the end of the season. Funny how Mclaren suddenly found speed at the very last race but had mediocre performance all season.

        1. Yes, a bit like last season too, though that had long been a no hoper for McLaren. Button seems to wake up when the car is on song too and was really on Hamilton’s tail, albeit to help him this race. The way he sailed by Alonso at the start was brilliant, a slight veer to defend/warn and he was away. Just a pity the team was 2 or 3 races too late in sorting out the rear end finally.

  13. Oh Renault how can I praise thee, to keep Hamilton an Alonso behind them to allow Seb to scuttle off an win was just a delight to watch. And watching the replay thats on now shows that Shumacher was very very lucky in that crash, if He hadn`t moved forward a few feet just prior to it He would of been in trouble. Congrats to Seb, Red Bull, and a Bernie style Gold Medal to Keith an the Mods for a site thats World class.

  14. One can’t help but get the feeling that, Mclaren would rather Vettel won the championship than hand it to Alonso. Because bring Hamilton behind Kubica was nothing short of a strategic blunder, something the team has repeatedly done this year.
    Having your drivers overtaking cars as a race strategy, on a track that is as tight as we had here, is nothing short of dumb.
    Every other team I know try to get their lead drivers in open space.

    I think Mclaren got their head stuck in their Fduct. :-)

    1. “Every other team I know try to get their lead drivers in open space.”

      Apart from Ferrari that is.

      1. You’ve got 2 birds and you’ve got one stone, which do you aim at.
        If they had got Massa ahead of Webber, I doubth they’d have brought Alonso in that early.

  15. Without a doubt the most deserving champion of the season! It is interesting how clever we all were before the race today on who would take the title – especially after qualifying….. This is racing and anything can happen – as we just saw today! What a fantastic season. Cannot wait for the 2011 season to start! Thanks for a fantastic site and for all the great inputs and articles from everybody during the year!

    1. ahem, well actually I suggested yesterday maybe Red Bull should be concentrating on Vettel not Webber and that Button could be a championship-spoiler for Alonso! His position was vulnerable since moving upfield would be risky, but Button and Webber pushing him into 5th would see him lose. As it happened, Webber didn’t show up to pressurize Alonso, but Ferrari seemed to panic into mistimed stops for Alonso and Massa.

      1. That is not true, Webber did a great job to pressurize Ferrari enough to force them into that crucial strategic mistake.

        Our only mistake has been, we have been concentrating on the RBR driver in front as well, thinking they would think about a way to get Mark to be there.
        Turns out, that in the race RBR looked at their chances and did a clever move to keep the guy in front as far in front as was possible (they knew Seb should not be forced to battle any cars on track). Webber did his part as the no. 2 driver here.

        1. How did Webber make any difference? Apart from pitting and provoking Ferrari to pit Massa and then Alonso maybe. That was a Red Bull team call presumably. But his own race performance? He was never once hassling Alonso into a mistake or threatening to go past him. Kind of strange given he was supposed to be fighting for the title. Seemed like he’d given up hope of winning the championship after qualification and wasn’t going to fight to get past Alonso and help Vettel.

          1. Yep. Hypothetically, if the order was Vettel, Hamilton, Button, Alonso and then Webber, I really wouldn’t be able to see Mark try and overtake Fernando to give Sebastian the title. Mark seems a whole lot more bitter than Sebastian.

    2. Most deserving champion of the season? You do realise he’s the only champion of the season right?

      1. Younger Hamilton
        14th November 2010, 20:35

        Nope he’s not the only one if there’s anyone else its Lewis and Mark.Lewis,drove the socks out of a car that has clearly been off the pace and has done outstanding overtakes and Mark is approaching to the end of his career and deserves something to end his career also he has done masterful drives like in Monaco and Spain in which he won back to back.

        1. The champion is the one who wins…

        2. Webber would only deserve a championship if he wasn’t as awful as he was yesterday. Alonso musy have gine off 5 times yesterday, but Webber was still too slow to capitalise.

          If someone deserves a title simply because of their age, then I declare that Luca Badoer and Pedro De La Rosa are more deserving of a title. My dad is even more deserving of one.

  16. Man 2007 and 2010 Best Seasons for me….
    The good thing over here is that i can see people who were critical about vettel are congratulating and happy for him…..Thats good….In ur face Ferrari…..and srsly i hate Alonso for what he did after the race….to petrov….that gesture showed a Whining and cribbing Alonso….Well Done Vettel u totally Deserved it….
    To Alonso: “Vettel is faster than u!!!…Vettel is faster than u”

    1. It helped that he toned down his usual bravado, and mostly spared us more annoying Vettelfinger. At the end of the day, he was the best driver who was in the best car. So good for him.

      Webber collapsed under the pressure. To be fair, he had a lot on his mind, with Berger and the rest dumping on him for two months, but he went out of this battle so meekly, it is truly sad for him.

      1. He did not collapse, he did what he could to support Vettel winning it today.

  17. In the end the best driver won. Sorry for the ‘not bad for a no2’ driver but it proves there good will always triumph over mediocre

  18. To think Alonso would be champion if Red Bull let Webber through in Brazil.

    1. Superb decision from Red Bull NOT to favour Webber over Vettel – the result today speaks for itself….

      1. One of the best reasons to be against team orders. You just never know!

  19. Fernando’s reaction to Petrov at the end sums up why so many people including myself are pleased they haven’t won the championship. It really suits Ferrari’s arrogance and probably why he fits in so well with such a team.

    Well done Red Bull. You’ve won both titles without team orders, and avoided tainting F1 with a false title. Nice one.

    1. Manu, that’s daft. Try checking out the Brazilian sites and the celebration at Alonso and Ferrari losing! And believe me that takes some doing given Ferrari were on a high here with Massa until this year. Germany 2010 had a price – the reputation of Ferrari, Alonso and Massa. They just need to ask themselves if it was worth it. Personally I don’t think so. Alonso will have another chance at the title next year. And probably after and after. But like Singapore 2008, some of the stuff surrounding Alonso rightly sticks. As I’ve said before, he doesn’t need to press so hard, winning at any cost. He’s a supremely good driver. But he’s in Schumacher’s mould. I guess that’s just how the competitive psychology of some drivers works.

      1. it was first time I really supported Petrov as to hold Alonso till the end. Despite i liked the Spaniard till beginning of this season,.. .
        .. it would be great to have another NEW champion for the next year ,: Kubica or Rosberg maybe ??..

      2. I can’t help reflecting back on the comment Alonso made in late 2006: “Formula 1 is no longer a sport”, when I see his win at all costs attitude on display today. It’s not only his profiting from team orders this year or from outright fraud in Singapore 08 (how he continues to be happily unrepentant over that one is beyond me). It’s also the fact that he tried to blackmail McLaren over the Stepney papers in 2007 and behaved in an all-round shabby manner (remember that he was one of very few people who were actually implicated as at least wanting to make use of that info, when the email evidence came out, but he tried instead to profit from the situation and became a protected informant for Max’s $100M witch hunt).

        So, rewind to Monza 2006. Alonso’s Renault had been ruled illegal during the summer, on the tenuous and highly convenient basis that a fully inboard passive damper, inside the carbon tub, is a movable aerodynamic device. This despite it having been legal for quite a long time and, more than once, ruled as such. After a corresponding slump in form, he then gets a completely grotesque penalty in Monza for supposedly blocking the #2 Ferrari in qualifying, even though he was actually on an absolute blinder of an outlap and the evidence that he compromised Massa at all was beyond thin.

        At this point, I have to say, I think Alonso’s conduct in F1 had been just fine and I think he was completely, 100% correct in his assessment of the unfairness of the situation. He knew full well what he was up against, of course, and went on to seal the title in style by virtue of being essentially flawless all season, throwing away no points that I could see, while his rival threw points away four times with driving errors.

        Did he, simply, see the world for what it was that year and act accordingly ever since? It seems to me like a case of the abused becoming the abuser.

        1. SPA? …………….

        2. Good post Sean but what changed Alonso was being matched by Ham in 07. He never recovered fully IMO. I did think he did recover eventually a few weeks ago but no he hasn’t and that will carry on costing him as he has very little resilience and strenght of character left as illustrated by his numerous enforced errors over the past 3 years.

          1. I think Alonso recovered well this year. Given he’s #2 in the standings and Lewis “the racer” is #4.

          2. 5 points away of Alonso. (discounting 7 cheating points)

          3. Alonso was 0 points away of Hamilton in 2007 (no discounting points). I remember Ron Dennis words in 2007 “Alonso is our enemy” (really hard if your own team is your enemy). I repeat, maybe you dont hate Alonso, but it seems like that.

          4. Younger Hamilton
            14th November 2010, 23:08

            @LewisAint Since Lewis was ever called the racer i dont remember anyone mentioning this throughout the season.I think you’re trying to big up Alonso and treating Alonso like a rookie by making out like Lewis is the best driver on the grid and that Alonso beat him so thats an incredible achievement NO be realistic with your comments next time.Its good to favour and support your favourite driver but once again be Realistic

          5. Alonso beating Hamilton this year is not an incredible achievement, its a fact.

          6. Lewis had the same amount of fastlaps in a lesser car than the Ferrari. In terms of speed, Alonso falls short in comparison. In equal machinery, well, look to ’07…when Lew was a ROOKIE, and Alonso, the supposed wily veteran who’d won 2 WDCs.

          7. Alonso NOT beating a rookie in the same car in 07 IS an incredible achievement AND a fact.

          8. Given that Lewis had to actually race his teammate for most of the year, and had a slower car for most of the year, I think the jury is still out, is the most one can say.

    2. Bu tyou do like the arrogance of Red Bull that they assumed that they would win 3 races in a row?

      Well they did in the end, but still. That IS arrogance.

      1. Alonso said 3 podiums, 2 victories and they’d win. Isn’t that arrogance, too?

  20. just what RB wanted. They have been favouring Vettel with the setup all year, even taking a wing off Webber because Vettel broke one. so forget team orders or no, and forget talking about fairness. Of course Webber was used as the decoy – they never wanted him to win it (old, not as marketable in the long term, may not stay, etc.)

    Anyhow, great strategy and Ferrari threw it all away by being so easily duped. They deserved to lose because they didn’t keep their heads on. (If team orders were anything, Massa should have slowed in 5th to extend the gap of midfield from Alonso in 4th!)

    1. If team orders were anything, Massa should have slowed in 5th to extend the gap of midfield from Alonso in 4th!

      Would have been more valuable to get Massa ahead of Webber, which they were trying to do.

      1. yeah, and it looked like they might have done it too, though I forgot what the gap was between Massa and Webber when Massa went to the pits.

      2. Keith, keen to see any update of your rather controversial piece endorsing team orderns in the wake of the Ferrari-Hockenheim ruling. Having lightening strike your house does not mean you should move, but these results cast the whole issue in a brighter light, no?

        1. Yep, definitely a topic that will be returned to in the off-season.

    2. Their mistake in the pistop was about not getting Massa in front of Webber and the next strategic failure was pitting Alonso immediately after that as well.

    3. I don’t think there is as much favoring as you suggest within Red Bull. The drivers are always very equal, and they are allowed to race.
      I don’t think that Webber was used as a decoy, his tires were gone, and it didn’t seem to get better. Splitting the drivers up on two different strategies were just the best way to secure the WDC. Because Ferrari only had one driver in championship he couldn’t cover both of them and they chose the wrong driver. Anyway had Webber jumped Alonso on the strategy it would hardly help. He would need to gain enough positions to get 9 points more then Alonso. That was just never going to happen. Webber threw his chances in the bin on Saturday, so it was hardly Red Bull’s fault.

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