2010 F1 season review
There were many different nominations for the best moments of 2010 named here yesterday.
But when asked about the worst moment of the year one particular controversy came up time and time again.
Even some Ferrari fans agreed that Felipe Massa being ordered to let Fernando Alonso win at Hockenheim was the low-point of the season:
Ferrari’s team orders
Felipe Massa was on the cusp of a remarkable and unlikely win in Hockenheim. Exactly one year to the day since he was dreadfully injured in Hungary, it would have been a heart-warming story.
Sadly, Ferrari chose to order him to give up his win to help Fernando Alonso in the world championship.
Fortunately in the final reckoning F1 was spared Alonso winning the title by the tainted seven extra points he collected.
But that’s no comfort for Massa, who needlessly surrendered what should have been his victory. Hopefully that will serve as a lesson to any other driver who is called upon to do the same.
The strength of feeling over Ferrari’s team orders has been made clear in the comments every time it’s come up for discussion here. It was far and away the single most common choice for worst moment of the year in the forum:
The team orders debacle in Hockenheim, it was so soul-destroying watching Ferrari do that to Massa.
Team orders from Ferrari.
Hockenheim. As a Ferrari fan, I understand it was necessary, but it was poorly executed.
Team orders in Hockenheim. The worst part of it was the fact that it ruined the race. Massa was struggling with primes, and Alonso was much faster – had we not seen the team order, maybe we would see an awesome battle for the win between the team mates.
Ferrari changing the cars in Germany. It was the first time I felt outraged watching Formula 1.
Ferrari issuing team orders in Germany.
The Ferrari switcharound in Germany springs to mind obviously, but that’s more of a ‘bitter’ moment for me.
The low of Ferrari making Massa give up the wonderful win a year after being in hospital in Hungary (that would have been one of the best), even worse the WMSC being reluctant to hand out a serious punishment. Kudos to the stewards for actually handing out that fine though.
Ferrari’s team orders were dealt with poorly and the team have deservedly got a lot of flak for it. I don’t like the way Massa has been cast into the background. OK, Alonso is definitely the team leader, but it doesn’t mean Massa has to be treated rubbish.
Ferrari team orders at Hockenheim. Everyone else has covered this already, but I feel it deserves a mention. Undoubtedly the low point of the year
Ferrari robbing Massa of a fairytale win on the anniversary of him having a near-fatal crash whilst driving for them. Disgusting.
Undoubtedly the team orders debacle at Hockenheim.
Massa pulling over in Germany
Of course the dreaded slow motion radio of Rob Smedley: “Fernando-is-faster-than-you!” Then he adds the straw that breaks the camel’s back: “Sorry!”
Worst moment is pretty obviously Massa capitulating in Hockenheim, and with that the WMSC’s decision to let the penalty stand but not punish Ferrari further (“they’ve done nothing wrong but we’re going to keep their money”).
It has to be the team orders in Hockenheim. I understand why Ferrari did that but I still feel terribly sorry for Massa. Ferrari’s behaviour after the race was simply disgusting.
Worst moment? Ferrari ruining what would have been the moment of the year.
…and the rest
Although he was unhurt, Mark Webber’s massive crash in Valencia had people worried:
Webber’s smash in Valencia. What was sickening for me was not the way he somersaulted, but the speed he smacked into the barrier with the car just a toboggan by this stage.
I’d have to say Webber’s flip really got me out my seat in fear for a split second, which was a horrible moment.
And the season finale lacked the unpredictable sparkle of many of the races that preceded it:
Abu Dhabi, so much hype, great qualifying, what happened to the race?
Juan Pablo Heidfeld
Pretty much every second of the Abu Dhabi GP. What a terrible track to end the season on. Strategy decided the title.
The moment on about lap 1 when I realised just how bad Abu Dhabi is as a circuit.
If this all feels a bit negative to you, make sure you saw The four best moments of a thrilling 2010 from yesterday.
What did you think was the worst moment of 2010? Have your say in the comments.
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