Sounds very hypocritical. In fact it makes him look a bit silly really. He’s assuming they have an understanding where the faster guy is allowed to win, but they’re not saying that. If he thinks that kind of thing is a good idea why didn’t he move out of Seb’s way in Turkey?
Just my opinion here which may have came from me being bored of having a go at what happened :P
In RBR Horner has said lots of times that they are allowed to race and it isn’t about who is the fastest. It isn’t about whether he thinks it is a good idea just what he thinks the situation is at Ferrari.
He’s making a assumption (maybe Flav or Alo said something or he’s just barking up the wrong tree) that the Ferrari arrangement is different and within that arrangement it meant Alo should be the winner. I don’t think his words were wise but I can see what he means.
Actually, to be honest Katy, a dnf can easily happen through anything so it would mean much more to me if Massa thoroughly outpace Alonso.
I think the priciple of the call was that Ferrari have an agreement post Australia that if one driver is clearly quicker they are allowed past. The way to test it is doing what Alonso did, drop back to 3 seconds but then charge back to under a second behind and getting in the dirty air to prove he was faster. It was explained by Allen and implied by Webber and seems like quite a reasonable arrangement really
But if Alonso WAS deliberately dropping back and catching up to prove his pace as per a pre race agreement, then he must have been very confident of his pace. To my recollection he dropped back and caught up three times – though one of the time losses was a small error.